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A Leader’s Guide to Conflict Resolution

Posted on 2019-05-16

No matter what kind of leader you are, there is going to come a point when you encounter some kind of conflict either between yourself and another individual or between two individuals on your team. Since we all see things from a different perspective, as a result of our own biases and personality styles, conflict is inevitable. The way you react is going to make the difference in the outcome. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind and practice for the next time you need to resolve a bad situation:

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The Leadership Agility Secret Weapon: Build Nimble Teams

Posted on 2019-05-10

Leadership agility has several definitions and models. In modern days, the model of one iconic leader style is fading away and every situation will call for a different type of leader. The agility of the team is growing in importance. Thus, leadership agility is built upon a nimble team that is able to pivot in a new direction as the environment demands.

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How "D" and "I" Styles can learn to follow

Posted on 2019-05-09

Different situations call for different styles of leadership. While many people associate “D” and “I” personalities with strong leadership skills, “S” and “C” styles can also take the reins. For “D’s” and “I’s,” falling under the leadership of another personality style can be difficult. To deal with potential conflicts, leaders of all personality styles must learn how to manage the strong forces of the “dominant” and “influential” personalities, while “D’s” and “I’s” must learn to harness their own natural leadership tendencies.

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Confessions of a Former Uncoachable Employee: How a Coach Would Have Helped My Leadership

Posted on 2019-05-03

Growing up, I loved sports, especially football. My high school football career culminated with an award for my coachability and an offer to play in college. Fast-forward 20 years: I was one of the most uncoachable people on the planet. I didn’t know this at the time. Others certainly did. Only after being laid off and having time to explore my personal growth did I see it. How did this happen?

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Leadership development for passive DISC styles

Posted on 2019-05-02

DISC Theory distinguishes four main personality styles to predict human behavior, however, most people do not strictly fall into just one of these styles. People are a combination of traits that come along with certain strengths and limitations in which one can observe in the way they act, react, think and even in the way they lead. While leadership comes naturally to the so-called active personality styles (“D” and “I”), those with “S” and “C” personalities tend to shy away as their personality traits have a more passive approach. However, leadership is situational and while some or many occasions call for Dominant and/or Influencing leaders, anybody can develop strong skills which allow them to take the reins.

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Top 4 Traits of Modern Leaders

Posted on 2019-04-22

Leadership can feel like a moving target. Managing across generational styles (Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z) can be confusing. Add to that the complexity of information, speed, and priorities, and you may quickly feel overwhelmed. How do you lead in such an environment?

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Turn Around a Failing Team by Leading from Within

Posted on 2019-04-12

When a client of ours, let’s call him Joseph, took over a company project, he knew it wouldn’t be easy to turn things around. The design team had fallen behind over the course of a year and a half. They were just six months away from the final delivery date originally committed and had blown through more than half-a-million dollars originally allocated to the entire project. Yet, there was still nothing ready to deliver to their client. There was a huge liability sitting on the table…one that would ruin the company entirely.

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Improve your communication with DISC

Posted on 2019-01-24

Dr. William Marston developed his DISC theory while at Harvard University as a method of identifying major human personality traits and translating them into predictable behaviors. It is true that people can be predictable, but they are also predictably different. Being able to read through their personality differences is a key to good communication and building successful relationships, partnerships, families… Have you determined your DISC personality, yet? If not, the DISC Personality Profile will take you about 10 minutes to complete and get a full report of your combined personality style.

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Leadership and active listening with DISC

Posted on 2019-01-17

Active listening is an interpersonal skill that every top professional needs. No matter if you are a business professional, sales person, executive coach or business consultant, active listening is an essential part of utilizing your knowledge of human behavior. It allows us to take both verbal and non-verbal cues from clients and begin to understand their every need.

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Leadership is a learned skill

Posted on 2018-08-23

Leadership is the act of influencing a group of people toward a common goal. It is a common misconception that one cannot be a leader if he or she is not born with certain leader-like behaviors or qualities. The truth is, anyone can be a leader if they choose to develop this skill. The key lies in putting the needs of others before yourself, and committing yourself to your leadership vision.

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