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The Most Important Question a Leader Can Ask

Leadership credibility is hard enough to come by. And an indifferent attitude toward employees can be the kiss of death. So how can leaders counteract indifference? Here’s an example to illustrate what I believe is the most important question a leader can ask to combat indifference and build employee engagement.

Leadership credibility is hard enough to come by. And an indifferent attitude toward employees can be the kiss of death. So how can leaders counteract indifference? Here's an example to illustrate what I believe is the most important question a leader can ask to combat indifference and build employee engagement. (more…)

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3 Leadership Skills to Bring Out the Best

Leaders in most every industry want to know what they can do to bring out the best in their people. Here are three distinct leadership skills to help any leader, at any time create an environment where people and performance flourish.

Leaders in most every industry want to know what they can do to bring out the best in their people. Here are three distinct leadership skills to help any leader, at any time create an environment where people and performance flourish. (more…)

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Managing the Leadership Struggle

I don’t know about you, but I’m missing the pre-pandemic days. Lately, so many of us seem to be struggling. We’re worried about health and safety, job security, childcare, homeschooling, family issues and work-life balance. And those among us managing other people may also be in the middle of a very real leadership struggle. Here […]

I don't know about you, but I'm missing the pre-pandemic days. Lately, so many of us seem to be struggling. We're worried about health and safety, job security, childcare, homeschooling, family issues and work-life balance. And those among us managing other people may also be in the middle of a very real leadership struggle. Here are a few thoughts on how to manage when it all seems uphill. (more…)

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Not Training Leaders? Here’s The Risk

Some people — okay, most people — are pitched into the leadership fray without really knowing how to perform. Some have the potential to lead and have demonstrated great technical expertise. But few naturally possess the leadership skillset to be successful right out of the chute. And unfortunately, studies show most organizations don’t provide much […]

Some people — okay, most people — are pitched into the leadership fray without really knowing how to perform. Some have the potential to lead and have demonstrated great technical expertise. But few naturally possess the leadership skillset to be successful right out of the chute. And unfortunately, studies show most organizations don’t provide much help in the way of training leaders. So before you decide if not training leaders is reasonable, it's good to know the risks. (more…)

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Walk the Talk: How’s Your Leadership Credibility?

During the leadership development training I conduct, people often share the clearest perspective on great leadership. They also come up with some of the biggest problems leaders create for themselves. One person brought up the critical issue of leadership credibility. In short, why is it important for leaders to walk the talk? And what happens […]

During the leadership development training I conduct, people often share the clearest perspective on great leadership. They also come up with some of the biggest problems leaders create for themselves. One person brought up the critical issue of leadership credibility. In short, why is it important for leaders to walk the talk? And what happens when they do? (more…)

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Strategic Plans Beat Hope

There’s a note written on a map hanging above my desk. The familiar quote reads: “Hope is NOT a strategy.” The note hangs there, prominently displayed. And serves as my constant reminder that as a leader, I can’t afford to simply “wait” and “hope” good things happen. It is the responsibility of any proactive leader […]

There’s a note written on a map hanging above my desk. The familiar quote reads: “Hope is NOT a strategy.” The note hangs there, prominently displayed. And serves as my constant reminder that as a leader, I can’t afford to simply "wait" and "hope" good things happen. It is the responsibility of any proactive leader to "plan" and "work" to make sure good things happen. So let's explore the importance of strategic plans for leadership effectiveness. (more…)

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Significant Emotional Event & The Impact on Your Employees

After the significant emotional event of COVID-19, employees coming back to work may feel and act differently. What should leaders be doing? Consider this.

After the significant emotional event of COVID-19, employees coming back to work may feel and act differently. What should leaders be doing? Consider this. (more…)

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Independence Day Reflections

Independence Day Reflections It could be argued there has never been an Independence Day in American history like Independence Day 2020. America is feeling the constraints of a deadly virus unlike anything known to our generation. Economic turmoil is affecting businesses and workers throughout our land.  Political consensus and decorum have largely been abandoned in favor […]

Independence Day Reflections It could be argued there has never been an Independence Day in American history like Independence Day 2020. America is feeling the constraints of a deadly virus unlike anything known to our generation. Economic turmoil is affecting businesses and workers throughout our land.  Political consensus and decorum have largely been abandoned in favor of accusations and intrigue, finger pointing and blame placing. Civic demonstrations and social unrest — both peaceful and violent — have occupied the streets of large cities and rural hamlets. No wonder many question aloud, Has it ever been this bad? The First Independence Day 244 years ago, the quest for America’s future, freedom and independence hung in the balance. On April 19, 1775, first blood was spilled at Lexington and Concord during the first skirmish of the Revolutionary War. In the following months, American colonists faced hardship after hardship. Their land was occupied by a superior and well-equipped force. Their desire for freedom was clear. But it would require brave men to stand strong for their families, friends, neighbors and countrymen and women. The conflict intensified and the burden became more cumbersome. Then on July 2, 1776, General George Washington, Commander In Chief of the Continental Army wrote: “The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.” American “soldiers” of the day, according to historian and author, David McCullough in his book, 1776, were actually “…men of every shape, size and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts and mere boys turned soldiers.”  McCullough observed: “The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known.  …(the year) 1776 is a powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding. …and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.” A Call for Patriots Then...and Now The months following America’s Declaration of Independence required an unwavering “call to arms.” Not only for citizen soldiers, but for each and every American patriot. In the December 1776 issue of his publication, Common Sense, Thomas Paine wrote: "...These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country: but he that stands now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” I am but one person. But I wish to stand for the good and the sacrifice which has secured our freedom. Today I prepare to acknowledge and celebrate Independence Day 2020. But I realize the burdens are heavy for many of my family, friends and countrymen and women. Despite the current anxiety I feel regarding the physical wellbeing of my neighbors and the frustration I feel regarding current political affairs. Even though I feel isolated and separated from family and friends and I feel pain for brothers and sisters who have been marginalized because of their skin color. Despite of all this, I remain thankful for a country who has its children rise up to acknowledge, defend and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy. May God continue to bless the United States of America. Phillip Van Hooser #independenceday2020 #independenceday #1776 #commonsense #godblesstheusa

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Key to Success

In previous posts, I shared two important elements of success: 1) knowledge with understanding and 2) skills with application. But I stated very clearly there are at least three elements necessary to success. Not one, not two, but three things an individual needs to realize his or her full potential as it relates to the […]

In previous posts, I shared two important elements of success: 1) knowledge with understanding and 2) skills with application. But I stated very clearly there are at least three elements necessary to success. Not one, not two, but three things an individual needs to realize his or her full potential as it relates to the success they desire. So what is this remaining key to success? Let's take a look. (more…)

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