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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Three Keys to Creating a Powerful Purpose

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Business PurposeThe most powerful team purposes go way beyond satisfying your intellect and literally ignite high energy. I experienced this on a team I once led where an inspiring purpose tangibly brought them to life.

I was the CIO of a large trucking company and one of my teams was building a system to help truck drivers load their trailers more rapidly. I couldn’t have asked for a more capable ...

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Start Capturing the Benefits of Team Negativity

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Angry DavidOutspoken and aggressive, David Weiss, a web developer at General Engines, has always voiced strong opinions about the look and feel of the company’s website. When his manager, Nancy Colletto informs his team that she cannot approve their urgently needed budget request, David loses his cool. Turning red in the face, he shouts, “This company doesn’t give a damn about the customers who visit our website. They’ll take ...

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Stop Letting Emotions Hijack Your Teams

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Have you noticed that you can be in a good mood and then walk into a meeting and suddenly you’re feeling negative or disheartened, and you don’t even know why? Researchers have proven that three people can sit in close proximity, and within a minute or two the most emotionally active will have transmitted their mood to the other two, even without saying or doing anything. ...

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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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Make Your Employees Brighter

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As leaders, we all understand the importance of supporting our people. Traditionally, this includes giving them the resources they need, defending them from criticism, and showing them they’re appreciated. These are all important, but now science shows there’s something even more profound that we can do for them. We can intentionally help them improve their ability to think.

When I first became the CIO of a large transportation company, it was ...

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Hire for the Hottest Skill: Coherence

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We all know how pleasant it is to be around happy, upbeat people, but what we don’t all know is how much these people benefit an organization. Researchers are finding that emotional people literally set the tone of the organization, and they can do so without saying or doing anything. We need to learn how to acknowledge and appreciate the people who ...

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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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Gauge the Optimal Passion

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We all know that it’s important to ignite passion in a business organization, but we don’t all know that it’s equally important not to generate too much passion. There’s a direct relationship between passion and the propensity for chaos, so the more passion you ignite, the more governance you need to effectively channel the energy.

Not all missions require a high level of passion. Transformation, or the creation of something new, requires ...

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