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The Focused Leader

The Focused Leader

Attention is the basis of the most essential of leadership skills—emotional, organizational, and strategic intelligence. And never has it been under greater assault. If leaders are to direct the attention of their employees toward strategy and innovation, they must first learn to focus their own attention, in three broad ways: on themselves, on others, and on the wider world.

Communicating a Corporate Vision to Your Team

Communicating a Corporate Vision to Your Team

There are two things to remember when trying to communicate an organizational vision to your team. First, you have to ..

15 Critical Habits of Mentally Tough People

15 Critical Habits of Mentally Tough People

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.  Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully.

Tackle Bias in Your Company Without Making People Defensive

Tackle Bias in Your Company Without Making People Defensive

If you are working on launching or accelerating a push for more gender balance in your company, you need to focus on the opportunity – not the problem – to engage others. Approach the conversation by first laying out a set of future objectives, targets, and milestones. Then describe how gender balance is a key lever to help you reach those goals. It helps to consider a few questions: 

Things outside my control

Things outside my control

Comfort Zone vs Learning Zone

Comfort Zone vs Learning Zone

Comfort Zone vs Learning Zone

Overcoming the Confidence Gap for Women

Overcoming the Confidence Gap for Women

When I met Lynne Doughtie this week, I was struck by how different it felt sitting with her than with any male chief executive I had met over the years. Six weeks ago, Ms. Doughtie was elected United States chairwoman and chief executive of KPMG. When she takes over the role on July 1, she will become the first woman to serve in both of those roles for a Big Four accounting firm. Cathy Engelbert was chosen as chief executive of Deloitte in February

Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself

When to change how you lead

It’s fashionable to say we live in fast-changing times. Does that mean leadership itself must change?

Leadership Wheel

Leadership Wheel

Leadership Wheel

Learn to Become a Less Autocratic Manager

Learn to Become a Less Autocratic Manager

Trying to lead a seasoned, highly skilled team through command-and-control won’t work. These groups need leaders who are emotionally and intellectually agile, and able to modulate styles as needed. To be less autocratic, try shifting:

Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills

No matter how successful a coaching session feels while it’s underway, if it doesn’t lead to change after it’s over, it hasn’t been effective. Unfortunately, too many managers don’t adequately follow through and thereby squander the important time they’ve invested in coaching. .

When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming

When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming

When an employee quits unexpectedly, managers face a big operational challenge: How are you going to cover his responsibilities without overburdening the rest of the team? 

Don’t Waste Those 30-Minute Gaps Between Meetings

Don’t Waste Those 30-Minute Gaps Between Meetings

We all have 30-minute gaps in our work schedules that we neither planned nor agreed to. We can blame the automated scheduling platforms that companies implemented in the 1990s and 2000s for that. 

Characteristics of Coaching Through Phone and in Person

Characteristics of Coaching Through Phone and in Person

A graphic from a 2013 report from coaching clients across the globe.

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