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leadership delegation

Putting an End to “Swoop and Snatch” Delegation

Delegation can be a leader’s best friend. When you delegate, you grow because you give yourself the time and opportunity to focus on higher-value activities that can have a greater impact for the firm. The person you delegate to also grows as they gain experience and expertise to take on new responsibilities. Yet, despite these… Continue reading Putting an End to “Swoop and Snatch” Delegation

toxic leadership

Toxicity Is Not Okay

Company offices can readily turn into interpersonal battlegrounds. Verbal grenades explode one after the other – undercutting, demeaning, belittling, attacking, insulting, and destroying team members. In consequence, work does not get done and forward progress stalls, damaging the business. How does this happen? Particularly when the people involved are capable, competent individuals? An antagonistic culture… Continue reading Toxicity Is Not Okay

leadership and emotional intelligence

Managing the Moment from the Inside Out

Travis Bradberry, author of the bestselling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, reports that 83 percent of people with high self-awareness are top performers, while only 2 percent of bottom performers display this trait. Why are self-aware people top performers? In large part because they channel that self-awareness into self-management: effectively managing their emotional reactions to situations,… Continue reading Managing the Moment from the Inside Out

emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Begins With “I”

In our decades of experience working with leaders, we have observed that a core characteristic of great leaders is their highly-tuned sense of self-awareness. A leader who is self-aware plays to his or her strengths and is not blindsided by his or her limitations. In the emotional realm, self-awareness is one of the building blocks… Continue reading Emotional Intelligence Begins With “I”

emotional intelligence

It Takes Courage to Live into Your Core Values

The quarterly leadership team meeting had started like any other. I (Rip) was facilitating, and had opened the floor so that the team members could share good news, either personal or professional, to help them connect with one another. When we got to the newest member of the leadership team, however, things took an unexpected… Continue reading It Takes Courage to Live into Your Core Values

collaborative leader

Walking the Talk about Becoming a Collaborative Leader

John C. Maxwell, the prominent leadership speaker and author, said famously, “Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” Today, we want to shine the spotlight on one place in business where this truth can result in severe losses: namely, when a “benevolent dictator” talks about becoming… Continue reading Walking the Talk about Becoming a Collaborative Leader