Leadership

Who is flying this plane?

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As you’re boarding your flight, you look to your left and catch a glimpse of the Captain sitting in the cockpit. You wave and nod approvingly, and now you can rest assured that there is a Captain – and he looks competent to get you to your destination safely…phew! Your plane takes off, and now you’ve reached 30,000 feet. All of a sudden, someone comes over the intercom and says, “Do we have any doctors or nurses on board? We have a medical emergency.”

OH NO! The Captain has had a heart attack. Panic sets in. You start to fidget. Your forehead is glistening with sweat. It’s at that moment that it hits you…WHO IS FLYING THIS PLANE??? You’re waiting for the oxygen masks to drop, and you’re ready to tuck your head between your knees and brace for impact. You wish you would have paid attention to all those stupid instructions that the flight attendant went over…Where is the nearest emergency exit? Can I use my seat cushion as a flotation device? You think about every possible terrible scenario as the drama unfolds.

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Keeping Score: Winning or losing?

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“I HATE DRAMA!” We say it all the time. We do everything we can to avoid the drama: the petty arguments between co-workers, the disagreements between spouses, the “politics” that seem to cloud everyone’s ability to make rational decisions. Make it stop!

And no matter what we do, it seems like somehow, drama finds us. Maybe it’s your employee who always seems to question your decisions. Maybe it’s a co-worker who interrupts you every day for things that don’t matter. Or maybe it’s your teenager constantly questioning your authority. If you say the sky is blue, they tell you you’re wrong. They know how to get your blood boiling, and some days, you just want to pull your hair out!

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Communication…It Doesn’t Come Easy!

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As we all know, the way people interact with each other in today’s world is drastically different than it was twenty years ago…Who are we kidding? It’s even different than it was five years ago. Problems can quickly arise if people don’t know how to handle or manage conflict. Even something as small as a short email can be easily misconstrued. As a result you have a cascade of collusion affecting culture, morale, and even productivity. And getting your team back on track can take a large amount of time as you try to act as referee or translator.

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10 Ways to be a Jerk Boss, and a Pretty Lousy Manager

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Looking for ways to really lock in that jerk persona you’ve been working so hard on? When being rude just isn’t enough…try using something from this list.

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Caught Up in Your Own Business

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It’s the end of the year. There’s so much going on. Finalizing budgets, planning for 2015, updating your forecasts, managing people. You’re busy doing. Busy, busy, busy.

That’s great – you’re getting stuff done. But it begs the question: With all these things happening, have you taken the time to demonstrate visionary leadership? Does your team really know where they are going? Have you articulated the direction – the vision – of where the company and team are headed?

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Make Mistakes Work for You

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“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard.

One of the greatest tragedies of modern society is the nearly universal fear of making mistakes. Many intellectual people have the dysfunctional perfectionist belief that mistakes are somehow unforgivable transgressions—something to be ashamed of.

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Serious Creativity

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Do you ever get bored and look at all the creative ideas on Pinterest? Moms coming up with cute snack ideas for their kids to take to school. Crafty people making their own Halloween costumes. Awesome dinner ideas that you would have never thought of… Then we think… “Are you kidding me? Who has time for this crap? These are impossible. I’m just not a creative person.” That thought has probably crossed your mind. Maybe you’ve even said it out loud.

“The concept of creativity has historically been very useful in the business world.”

 

When you think of creative people, you might think of artists, musicians, dancers, or those crazy moms on Pinterest. But the concept of creativity has historically been very useful in the business world.

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Continuous Improvement: The Key to Continuous Success

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What you do today could very well be the thing that causes you to fail in the future. Whoa. We know…Take a moment. We’ll explain. As human beings, we want to be successful. It’s in our nature to have dreams, plans, and big ideas. It’s exciting. And those ideas cause us to push forward, to innovate, and to seek continuous improvement.

Once we reach a goal, we celebrate. And once we finally meet our standard of “successful,” we feel like we can finally breathe. We can finally slow down and cruise. But unlike a car, pumping the brakes in this context is like throwing it in reverse. And it could actually send us backward – to where we started, or worse, even farther back than that. It’s okay to enjoy your success. But it’s not okay to forget the very principles that made you successful in the first place. Ask yourself this: What made you successful?

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10 Ways to Become a Terrible Listener

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Does everyone come to you for advice? People enjoy sharing their stories with you and think you’re a great person to be around. Tired of being everyone’s friend?

Here are ten sure-fire ways to tick everyone off and make yourself a terrible listener.
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Are you productive or just busy?

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Everywhere we go these days people have been telling us, “I’m so busy!”  Our first thought is “Great! It’s good to be busy.” But then we have to ask, “Are you busy or productive?” There is a difference.

How do you know if you are doing the right things at the right time?

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