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How Leaders Resolve Issues – Listening for the Rub

How Leaders Resolve Issues – Listening for the Rub

A while back an employee who was a fairly recent hire came to me saying he had been contacted by a company and had been offered a job. He hadn’t sought it out, but now here it was and he had to make a decision. He said he was leaning towards accepting it.

As we talked, I did my best salesman job and reminded him of the benefits of working with us…more variety, coworkers he admittedly liked and enjoyed, and more stability than he would find in most positions in his line of work. He agreed and knew he would likely be risking several key job satisfaction factors if he accepted the offer. He eventually mentioned that the only reason he was interested in this other position was that it was a much shorter commute. He was happy with his current job, but didn’t like the long drive, especially in winter.

GTD, Reading, & Managers: Top Posts from 2016

GTD, Reading, & Managers: Top Posts from 2016

I know. I know. It’s another one of those obligatory year-in-review posts. Hey, why not. It’s actually a nice change of pace. It’s a little easier to write about your posts than it is to write the posts themselves. Besides, I’ve blogged on and off for years and I don’t think I’ve ever written one of these.

I dug into the analytics for my site for 2016 to see what posts received the most traffic. There’s no fancy math involved. I simply looked at “unique visitors” to see which posts garnered the most attention. Here are the results.

Obligatory “Best Books I Read in 2016” Post

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Obligatory “Best Books I Read in 2016” Post

I know, I know…everyone writes a “best books” post like this near year’s end. It’s as if there is an unwritten rule everyone feels obligated to follow or maybe some vast conspiracy with the book industry to boost sales.

Or maybe the end of the year is simply a good time to look back on highlights that are worth sharing.

6 Leadership Tools Great Leaders Keep On Their Desk

6 Leadership Tools Great Leaders Keep On Their Desk

The environment in which you work greatly affects your attitude, productivity, and ability to focus. Great leaders know this. And in order to be the most effective, great leaders seek out the best leadership tools. They organize their workspace so that these tools are in easy reach.

But this post may not be what you thought. It’s not about gadgets or software. Not all tools are literal and physical. The best leadership tools are behavioral and available to all. They are attitudes that shape how we lead. They are intentional strategies that make a difference in one’s leadership. They are tools that can be carried with you anywhere.

These common leadership tools, metaphors really, can be found on any great leader’s desk.

5 Leadership Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

5 Leadership Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

Leadership takes discipline…the discipline to think outside yourself and do things that lift up, encourage, empower, or benefit those on your team.

Everyday you have small chunks of time that might otherwise seem unproductive. They are not large enough to tackle major leadership tasks on your todo list, but they can still be utilized to encourage and empower your organization.