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How to Build an Evolved Organization

What does it mean to have an evolved organization? You have an evolved organization when you’re reaching a higher level of sophistication, structure, and purpose by building on the strengths of prior levels. Why do organizations struggle? Often, because we try

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How to Become a Trusted Executive

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I interviewed John Blakey, author of The Trusted Executive: Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation. This book is now my #1 favorite resource for building trust — and building trust is at the heart of Stage Three, “Inspire

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How can I Be a Better Boss?

To be an exceptional boss, you have to create a target condition for your subordinates. Keep ’em Safe Make ’em Grow Keep ’em Safe When people feel emotionally safe while reporting to you as their boss, they will: Admit mistakes

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What Makes Someone a Great Manager?

(Originally posted at under What makes someone a great manager?) The truly great manager or supervisor — someone I call a “Best Boss” — will achieve two simultaneous goals: They will make you feel emotionally safe. They will push you to

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Turn Your Ship Around

How can you move from a command-and-control leadership model to one of true empowerment and accountability? David Marquet did, and he took notes along the way. His resulting book, “Turn the Ship Around” made it to my must-read list. Now

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Is This Employee Right? (Re: the Employee is Always Right)

In response to Why Your Employee Is Always Right, a reader writes in: We are a tutoring centre. Everyone works 5 days a week, and sometimes must work a few hours on a 6th day. These extra hours are called OT

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Pete Friedes on Becoming a Best Boss

I interview Pete Friedes, author of “The 2R Manager” about Becoming a Best Boss. We discuss Relating and Requiring, the two behavior sets of effective managers — and how to learn your own style and improve. Learn your own default

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How to Not Be a Jerk Boss

Bosses are merely human. A little more likely to be male, to be older, to be a “D” (Decisive) on the DISC profile. But no more or less virtuous than the rest of humanity. Which is exactly why they should be held

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Step Up and Lead in Six Moments that Matter – an interview with Colm Foster

Step Up and Lead in Six Moments that Matter – an interview with Colm Foster     Find Additional Business Podcasts with Tom on Leadership on BlogTalkRadio There are crucial moments when leadership is most needed. Learn a fresh perspective on

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Two Ways to Become a Best Place to Work

Your company can start to become a best place to work with two simple improvements. These two fixes, research for the Oregon Best Places to Work award shows, have the greatest impact on workers’ job satisfaction. Have a Purpose Employees at

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Stop Putting People First – Put Profit First

Strategic execution requires that you stop putting people first (in the wrong way).  Profit must come first. I will pause while you gasp in horror. If you “put people first” in the wrong way, you’re harming them, yourself, the rest

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Three Strategy Insights for Small Business

Good strategy lets you outmaneuver your bigger competitors. Bad strategy can sink your business. Here are three insights you can use to harness strategic thinking and planning for your small business: Have a Strategy Kernel Build a complete strategy from

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Creating a CEO Calendar

Create and measure success, month by month, with a CEO (or Executive) Calendar. Being a CEO (or manager or front line worker) typically means having more things to handle than you can actually pay attention to.  Most humans can track

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Leader’s Bookshelf

Effective leaders are constantly learning. To help you keep learning, here are five of my favorite books, old and new, for growing a CEO’s or a manager’s capabilities. Pick one up to read over the holidays, or on your bus

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Three Mandatory Meetings

  Good meetings are the nerve centers of a good organization.  Here are the three meetings every organization should have – and how to make yours better. Meeting 1 – the Daily Huddle Duration: 5 to 15 minutes. Purpose: Prepare

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