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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.

Stop Using “Manager” as a Dirty Word!

Stop Using “Manager” as a Dirty Word!

If you read articles and books about leadership I can guarantee you’ve seen it. Perhaps you’ve even done it.

I am talking about using the term “manager” as a dirty word.

I get it. When talking about leadership, it is helpful to contrast good qualities to strive for with bad qualities using personas (good cop, bad cop). But please stop portraying the good as “leader” and the bad as “manager.” Pick another term to represent the bad!

Here are a few reasons why.

7 Ways to Appear Unintelligent

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7 Ways to Appear Unintelligent

You want to make a good impression, right? Who doesn’t? Whether you are in a job interview or you are hanging out with friends, no one wants to look silly or unintelligent. I work primarily in higher education around people with PhD’s. I really have to pay attention to this. Here are seven things that make you sound unintelligent.

Leadership, Communication, and the “Why”

Leadership, Communication, and the “Why”

Effective leaders filter communication through the “why.” The “why” of an organization is it’s purpose and vision.

When the communication of the organization isn’t driven by the leader and/or the “why,” it is by default communicating something…something less than desirable. Noise, dissent, silos, internal conflict, inconsistency, confusion, etc.

Ineffective leaders never clarify the “why,” or simply can’t stick to it. They become distracted by side issues or by trying to please too many disparate concerns. They may have tons of charisma but lack the discipline to either clarify or stick to the “why.”