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Positive Power vs. Acquired Authority

Which is which? I want to talk about positive power and acquired authority and why it’s important to know the difference. When we think of leadership in the workplace, we think of those with a manager, supervisor, or executive title. But a continuous problem I see is most managers don’t really understand the positive power they possess. This power plays a huge part in improving the lives of those around them. I’m sure we have all been at an organization where we loved our job and our coworkers, but management was sub-par, or dare I say, awful. You’re picturing the
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employee engagement silos

Good-bye silos: Hello employee engagement!

Engagement I recently reflected on the time a few years ago when my dog had surgery. They put this cone or “halo” on her head to minimize access to the incision. Ever seen an animal with this on? It’s really sad. As I walked behind her, I thought about her limited field of view. How often do we also have this same limitation inside our organizations? The problem. I call this, “Silomania.” Silos destroy the trust that binds people and teams together. A silo is a “system, process, department, etc. that operates in isolation from others.” This means that you
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The Bright Side of Leadership

The Bright Side A month or so ago, I was watching a professional soccer match with my youngest son. Neither team won, but they worked their tails off in the process. I recall listening to one of the coaches. He had a huge smile on his face, and they hadn’t even won anything. The commentator interviewed the coach and asked about this sentiment, and the coach said something like, “It is less about the win and more about their effort and performance.” This exchange really stuck with me. It made me think about what value I place on winning. Do
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The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation The Great Resignation has been upon us for a few months now. In July, I wrote an article for CMI speaker’s blog about the record-breaking statistics of employees leaving the workforce. Then, April broke the record for most people quitting a job when over 4 million people quit. That’s the most since the founding of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Since April, that record has been surpassed two more times. In fact, both July and August saw even greater numbers of people quitting their jobs.  A handful of months after the great downsizing brought on by the pandemic,
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Are You An Inclusive Leader?

“We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.” Franklin D. Roosevelt My daughter had a tough middle school year. She agonized over how she felt left out of circles and discussions and events. I would often coach her to look past it all and realize that many of her classmates were going through similar things. Her situation felt different. She told me that she felt like her classmates looked past and through her to talk to and include other people. She was really hurt, and
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