Get Out of Your Head to be a Good Leader

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Thinking Man - ShutterstockAs a leader, do you believe your job is all about using your intelligence? I work with a team leader who believes just that. I’ll call him “Martin”, and he manages a team that builds software. He thinks he’s a good leader because he’s really smart. He can recall facts that others have forgotten, he can quickly do math in his head, and he’s very articulate. The ...

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Build Trust by Owning up to Your Emotions

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TrustworthyWe often think we can get away with denying how we’re feeling. How often do we pretend we’re doing fine when things aren’t running smoothly? But no matter how good your poker face is, other people can detect your emotional state simply by consciously becoming attuned to it. So don’t deny what you’re feeling. If your words and actions aren’t congruent with your emotions, you’ll be perceived as ...

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Boost Employee Performance by Relaxing Authority

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Once when I was a systems analyst for a large, national firm, I worked in the Seattle office while reporting to a manager, Brad, who was in the San Francisco office. He had an annoying habit of calling me on my office phone almost every Friday afternoon around 5pm. He never said it but I knew he was checking to make sure I was still working and hadn’t left early. ...

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Tune into Innovative Ideas

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Steve Jobs once said “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have.  When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D.” So how do innovative ideas arise? Science is showing us that they come from a source that is best known as intuition, and we can increase our ability to tap this source.

Successful entrepreneurs are ...

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The Secret to Team Spirit

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We’ve all seen some teams, whether in sports, music or business, whose performance transcends the normal. It’s as though the team members have each surpassed any personal performance limitations and are cooperating at some unseen energetic level. What is the key to team spirit and can we intentionally create it?

As a leader of project teams, I admit that I can get impatient with the slow process of team development, ...

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Attract More Customers by Getting Emotional

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My husband and I recently visited Key West, Florida, and our first evening there we were looking for a place to have dinner. We wanted to go to one of those Southern-looking old houses where we could dine on the front porch. There were several of those on the main drag, and we strolled by each one and checked out the menu and surroundings. They were pretty similar, ...

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The Folly of Thank You

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I was dazed by a recent Forbes article that said leaders can improve employee engagement by frequently saying “thank you” to their staff. It’s no wonder we have such an issue with employee engagement, where 72% of American workers alone
are disengaged. We need to pay closer attention to what resonates with our personnel.

The article reminded me of a Vice President who I used to work alongside. We ...

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Become One of the New Leaders

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There’s a leadership quality coming to light, through new scientific discovery, which will naturally identify a different type of leader. These leaders can increase the performance of every person in an organization, and they can do so without saying or doing anything. They set the emotional tone of the organization.

The Power of Positivity

Groups of people who work together share an underlying emotional bond, and it determines their ...

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The Progression of Power

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I just returned from spending a couple weeks in Egypt, and being there brought an interesting pattern to light. Egypt is unique in that it contains remnants of the oldest civilization on earth as well as some of the most revolutionary recent events. It made me think about how the power in society has increasingly gone from the few to the many, or in other words, from “power ...

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