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The Two Oars of Leadership
By: John Rutkiewicz

In part one of a two-part series, Leadership Coach and Facilitator John Rutkiewicz lays out a blended, balanced approach to leadership that marries the needs of your team with your need for business results. Read More

Rotate the Bald Tire
By: Patrice McGuire

In this week’s post, Rotate the Bald Tire, we discuss how negative, toxic employees can do a lot of damage to your company and we provide a path to handle these challenging coworkers. Read More

Six Simple Reminders to Heighten Curiosity
By: Nancy Lewis

It's time to rethink the phrase "curiosity killed the cat," if you want to advance in your career, instill trust and respect in your employees, support breakthroughs in innovation in your organization and improve productivity. Read More

Dealing with the Workplace Bully [with infographic]
By: Rick Piraino

My daughter came home from her student teaching experience and described a tough situation. A teacher yelled at her in the teacher’s staff room about the behavior of one of my daughter’s students. Read More

The Case for Corporate-Wide Coaching
By: Aleta Norris

Coaching can make a huge impact on ending soul-crushing performance reviews, workplace bullies and turnover, but what do you do if your organization isn’t equipped with willing and able coaches? Read More

The 3 Elements of Leadership
By: John Rutkiewicz

When I deliver leadership training for brand-new supervisors, I use an exercise to kick off our first session. I ask everyone to write two words on a piece of paper: "Leadership is...." Then I have them finish the phrase with their own definitions, drawing from their beliefs, experiences and perspectives. Over the years, having done this exercise with hundreds of new leaders, I've noticed a trend Read More

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name" Leadership Lessons from One of TV’s Most Beloved Shows
By: Sean Olson

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo for their song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”. This song came to fame through the great sitcom Cheers. From 1982 to 1993 you could tune into your TV and hear that great song. Read More

Meaningful Meaning
By: Patrice McGuire

You’ve had a productive week. You’ve worked hard and look forward to the weekend of socializing and relaxing. You’re about to leave the office and you notice a voice mail message has been left. You hesitate and decide to pick it up. It’s a message…from your boss. Read More

Turning Common Sense into Common Practice
By: Nancy Lewis

One of the phrases that has stuck with me and that I consistently use in the development of other leaders is “it’s about taking what’s common sense and turning it into common practice.” That is where the difficulty begins! Read More

Are You a Leader like Mark? Four Practices for Good Leadership
By: John Rutkiewicz

Three decades ago – as a first-time manager at the age of 23 – I had a boss named Mark. What really set Mark apart was his understanding of people. He had an innate sense for how to engage, motivate and bring out the best in us. He knew that leadership isn’t only about driving results. He knew that leaders can’t get results without other people. Read More

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