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Monday
May282012

A Strong Leader Communicates Clear & Realistic Expectations

What are you communicating? What are your expectations? Is it a completed, on budget project with no weekend work? An extremely loyal client base? A 25% increase in sales this quarter? An attitude adjustment from a key employee? Your very first step in communicating clear expectations is to take the time to get clear on what it is you are actually wanting, needing and expecting. If you are not clear, no one else will be, and you cannot hold anyone accountable for what they are unsure of.

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Monday
May142012

Go from being too busy, to meaningful productivity

There is a way to honour what you want to accomplish and still put a stop to stressful busyness. Busy is not bad. I believe we were meant to be busy, to work hard and to excel. There are seasons in our professional and personal lives where we will be busier than others and that is okay. However, being so busy that you are feeling stressed, or are exhausted and without energy at the end of the day, or always hear yourself saying "if only I had more time", is not sustainable without consequences.

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Monday
Apr302012

Are you Tired of being the Peacemaker?

Do you quickly compromise on your position when faced with another strong alternative? Do you spend a lot of time gathering everyone's ideas and perspectives and then find it hard to make a decision? Are you usually the one to give in first? If you find yourself in these kinds of situations frequently, there is a good chance that you are a peacemaker.

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Monday
Apr232012

Moving Responsibility from your Shoulders to your Employees

Do you complain about your employees lack of initiative and their inability to get the job done right? Do you have to work evenings and weekends because if you don't do the job, it won't get done well? May I suggest that most of the time, your employees aren't to blame?

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Monday
Apr162012

A Compelling Vision keeps you Enthusiastically Moving Forward

Have you ever felt stuck? Like no matter what you try or work real hard at, it just doesn't seem to amount to much? Have you read all the right books, attended all the great seminars, and heard the latest inspirational speakers, but at the end of the day you go home feeling a little deflated over what you were able to accomplish? We've all been there. While I've had days where I felt like I could conquer the world, I have to admit there have been more days where I felt that my contribution was ordinary. This is where the skill of being able to see the big picture is needed.

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