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Leadership

Most leadership development focuses on leading other people. But to lead others well, you must first lead yourself well. As leadership coach and consultant Glenn Gutek writes, “All leadership starts with self-leadership.”

 

The importance of self-leadership

 

Self-leadership is so important that former VISA CEO Dee Hock once suggested that leaders focus 50% of their time and effort on leading themselves, before leading vertically and horizontally within their organizations.

 

Thirty years of academic research revea...

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Leadership, Resources

A title like A Leadership Kick in the Ass is sure to grab your attention. It certainly makes you wonder what’s inside the cover. And what you’ll find inside this new book are some of the most important leadership lessons you’ll learn this year. As my first leadership reading of 2017, it sets a high bar for other books I’ll read as the year goes on.

 

Leadership is just plain hard

 

A telephone conversation with author Bill Treasurer gave me an even deeper appreciation for the book. Bill shared that he started ...

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Productivity

January is here and with the new year, a chance to start fresh with our goals for 2017. All too often, these goals quickly fall by the wayside and along with that, the growth we were hoping for in our personal and business lives. Here are three subtle but powerful adjustments to improve your goal-setting process for the new year.

 

Focus on growth, not maintenance

 

There’s nothing wrong with maintaining important habits and disciplines you already have in place. However, goal-setting should focus on taking a significant step forward or growing in one area of life or another. Perhaps you’ve already established the habit of regular visits to the gym. Your new goal might focus on a new workout routine to take your strength or enduranc...

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Leadership

This post first appeared on the CLA Higher Thinking Blog, December 30, 2016

 

Have you ever left a conversation thinking, “I didn’t come across very well”? Or left a meeting telling yourself, “I don’t think I added much value to that discussion”? Or finished a presentation wondering why you failed to make an important point?

 

As leaders, every presentation, meeting, and interaction is an expression of our leadership. Yet, we often fail to carry a leadership presence into those situations. Instead, we go into them unprepared, “winging it” throughout the day. It’s no wonder we fall short of our own expectations.

 

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Values

Our youngest son was transitioning from school to the work world a few years ago and decided to start saving for an engagement ring for his then-girlfriend, as well as for a honeymoon and car purchase. As an existing Wells Fargo customer, he met with a bank representative who opened separate savings accounts for each purpose, saying that would be the best way for him to reach his financial goals.

 

The CPA in me found that strange. In fact, my response was, “Seriously? They want you to manage three savings accounts?” Events of the past few weeks cast new light on that experience. While the multiple account structure didn’t cost my son anything, it ultimately cos...

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Productivity

Yes, today is the autumnal equinox, marking the official end of summer and beginning of fall. As a Midwesterner, I look forward to the changing of the trees and beautiful fall colors.

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Leadership, Resources

Talent maximization in today’s workplace requires a special focus on millennial employees and how to effectively lead them. According toMillennial Branding, millennials represent 36% of today’s American workforce and will make up 75% of the global workforce in 2025.

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