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Unlocking the Potential

Effective communication, coupled with coaching that is task orientated and driven by the desire to improve, are critical tasks for leaders at every level. To be an effective coach, we must develop our communication skills so that we engage our people in a safe and..

Mentoring and Coaching – The Same or Different?

Whenever we talk about developing the capabilities of our leaders, the terms coaching and mentoring come up. In fact they are readily used by all and are used without any apparent understanding of the distinction between the two.  In my experience, many leaders..

To Lead, You Need to Coach

We have spoken before about the development of our people being a strategic imperative. Time and again the research shows us that our team members highly value the opportunity to learn and build their skills. The same research also clearly states that the best..

All Great Leaders Need Help

Over the last couple of blogs, we have been discussing your responsibility in developing the skills of your people. Now we can start to talk about developing your skills and providing you with the support you are going to need to lead your team to success.  Very few..

Build and Maintain Your Talent

I have spoken many times on the importance of leaders building the capabilities of their teams (and individual team members). While many of us acknowledge one of our key roles is to develop the talent and capabilities of our teams, my experience is that very few of..

Improve Your Relationships

No matter the product we sell nor the service we offer, one thing is certain. We are all in the people business. Make no mistake, our success (yes all of us) is dependent upon the relationships that we establish and maintain.  Research has shown that a prime..

Positive Leadership

As leaders we are confronted by a lot of negativity that has the potential to weigh us down and affect our attitude and approach.  One of the challenges all leaders face is to remain positive when things go awry.  We all know it is increasingly difficult to be..

How Gratitude Expands Leadership

Being an effective leader requires us to connect with our people. In order to connect with our people we need to effectively communicate, collaborate and support each other.  In order to support each other we need to understand the sacrifices that each of our team..

Creating a Boomerang Culture

Ah those halcyon days when employees were loyal to their employers and employers were loyal to their employees. The days when we could measure the loyalty of our employees by their tenure are long gone.  No longer do our employees choose to stay with us for their..

Learn to Lead

Just like any other professional practice, leadership is both an art and a science. The science part is knowing the theory and principles of leadership and the art is how we apply them to our own situations.  Just like any other profession (engineering, medicine,..