Leadership styles

Dealing with Bullies at Work

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Recognizing Workplace Bullying I want to touch on the topic of bullying in the workplace and how to show caring leadership while not only managing it, but recognizing it. Bullying doesn’t necessarily mean a face-to-face confrontation. Even negative or condescending emails can pass as bullying tendencies. Some additional examples include: Targeted practical jokes Being purposely misled about … Read more

Positive Power vs. Acquired Authority

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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 … Read more

Good-bye silos: Hello employee engagement!

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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 … Read more

The Bright Side of Leadership

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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 … Read more

The Great Resignation

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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 … Read more

Are You An Inclusive Leader?

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“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 … Read more

Leading When You’ve Been Beaten

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Leading When You’ve Been Beaten One of the hardest roles a leader has to play is managing and reacting in the heat of the moment. Nobody likes when things disrupt our sense of order or upend our plans. It is very telling of a person’s leadership caliber to observe them when abrupt change happens and … Read more

How to Stop Good Employees from Quitting

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Why Good Employees Quit Once upon a time, I made a decision to leave a job. I wanted to no longer have to mute my voice or my presence. I knew I deserved to belong, to be heard, and be appreciated for all that I have to offer. So I left. I was good at … Read more

Leadership Behavior: Be aware of your audience

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A way to serve My son recently received a promotion in the civil air patrol. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be at the ceremony, but my husband was there, and he recorded it for me.  I watched the ceremony unfold, and I saw my son up there at the front of the room with two senior people, … Read more

The Loneliness of Change in an Organization

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A Common Problem One of the most common questions I get asked usually goes like this: “What do I do if I want to be a catalyst for change, but no one else is receptive?” I can’t tell you how often this comes up. I don’t know about you, but this makes me think of … Read more

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Leadership With Heart With Heather R Younger

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