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Is being liked a leadership strength?

Is being liked a leadership strength?

You work hard and get good results from your team, yet the vibe of the office is not very positive and upbeat. You wish you had the kind of team that your colleague, Stacey, has. Her team seems to genuinely enjoy working together, raves about her style of managing,...

Are you truly listening?

Are you truly listening?

“Genuine listening means suspending memory, desire and judgment – and, for a moment at least, existing for the other person.” ~Michael P. Nichols The other day I was 'listening' to my colleague. We were in the midst of a heated discussion, and it was her turn to...

You can laugh more

You can laugh more

“A good time to laugh is anytime you can.” ~Linda Ellerbee I can be very intense. Ask anyone who knows me. I can get caught in the seriousness of a situation, the meaning of a moment, the dilemma of a debate. I can work very hard to find value in each encounter and...

You don’t always know what you don’t know

You don’t always know what you don’t know

I love learning and the chance to build my knowledge and skills. Reading books and magazines, taking classes, attending seminars and conferences - all are ways to increase my knowledge and my competence. I know what I don't know (or need to know more about) and I go...

How to make criticism charming

How to make criticism charming

"Anyone can be accurate and even profound, but it is hard work to make a criticism charming." ~H.L. Mencken If the primary goal of feedback is to help, and motivate, someone to change their behavior, it seems to me that the secondary goal of feedback is to make the...

Know what’s required

Know what’s required

“It’s not enough we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.” ~Sir Winston Churchill I’ve mentioned in an earlier Thoughtful Minute when Maria, in The Sound of Music, sings that she needs to do better than her best. I’ve always found this an interesting...

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