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5 Rules for Being a Person Others Want to Follow
2/21/2019
By: John Rutkiewicz

Leadership isn’t about pushing people, trying to make them do your bidding. Leadership is about pull – pulling people along with you. The real leadership question is: Will others WANT to follow you? Read More

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“The Platinum Rule”: A new leadership mindset for improved work and personal relationships
12/20/2018
By: John Rutkiewicz

Forget the “golden rule.” Do this instead to create better relationships and have more impact in life, work, and your relationships. Read More

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Every Leader Needs Feedback (Including YOU): 4 Reasons and 6 Tips
11/1/2018
By: John Rutkiewicz

Without feedback, you can’t fully know the impact you’re having on those you lead. You can’t know whether your actions, behaviors and “leadership style” are hitting the mark and resonating with your people, so they’re positioned to give you their best. And what’s scariest of all, without feedback, your tendency will be to think everything is just fine. But you might be fooling yourself. Read More

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Leadership is Simple but Not Easy
9/27/2018
By: John Rutkiewicz

Continuing on from “The Two Oars of Leadership,” John explains how to practice the balance between focusing on people and results. Read More

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The Two Oars of Leadership
9/20/2018
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

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The 3 Elements of Leadership
8/2/2018
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

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Are You a Leader like Mark? Four Practices for Good Leadership
6/21/2018
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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Leaders: Disrespect Your People at Your Own Risk
3/8/2018
By: John Rutkiewicz

Ray, the vice president of operations, stood up suddenly from the conference table, his chair flying back into the wall. His managers in the room went silent. Ray pounded his fist on the table and yelled, "When the hell are you people going to get your act together? I'm sick and tired of seeing numbers like these. I've got a good mind to replace every last one of you idiots!" Read More

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No More Lousy Leaders
1/18/2018
By: John Rutkiewicz

While it took me 27 years in business to find this mission – or rather, for it to find me – I’m now clear that it’s what I’m here to do. And this mission of mine has a clear and distinct rallying cry: “No More Lousy Leaders” Read More

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The Myth of Technical Expertise in Leadership
7/27/2017
By: John Rutkiewicz

This man – we'll call him Jim – has been with his company for ten years. He works as part of a technical crew. His role is to operate as the team's administrative support, parts expediter and day-to-day workflow planner. He works under the direction of the team's senior leader, who is going to retire in the next few years. Read More

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