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Leading is Hard Work

When I facilitate leadership development sessions or coach leaders, I often hear, “That sounds like a lot of work.” My response, “Leading is hard work.  This doesn’t mean that being

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Message from Julie: Navigating a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous World 

Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA) – that certainly describes the world we are living in today.   Prior to the shutdown brought about by the pandemic, it sometimes seemed to me that the world was spinning out

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Employee Engagement Takes More Than a Ping Pong Table

Often when I what a company is doing to engage employees, someone inevitably shares something like, “On Friday afternoons we can take an ice cream cart around!” “We’ll have a

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Leading Up: Creating Buy-In for HR Initiatives

A friend and I were recently preparing for a presentation by writing out conflict scenarios to show effective and ineffective ways to handle conflict. One particular scenario was between a

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Avoid These 4 Conflict Resolution Pitfalls, Create Better Solutions

In the last post we talked about an important skill leaders need to build high-performing teams: facilitating conflict resolution. If you haven’t already read the previous post, take a moment

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The True Cost of Misaligned Priorities and 5 Steps to Align Them

Leaders are responsible for two types of alignment within an organization: External alignment, where the focus is on positioning the organization to be in the right place and at the

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Using Style Analysis As A Leadership Tool

In my article, Learn This Skill To Dramatically Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness, I discussed the importance of leaders being able to see the world from the perspective of those you lead

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