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Leadership and Management – What’s the Difference?

Posted on 2019-08-28

Many people find themselves in a new supervisory position without any leadership training. They quickly realize leadership is not the same as a position, or a title, or a uniform. The basic principle of leadership is that leaders help others do their job better. New managers should not forget they still need to help their unit succeed.

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Building resilient teams with DISC

Posted on 2019-07-29

Is your team better at dealing with stressful situations as they are taking place? Or, they are better at “getting over it” once they’ve had time to “cool down?” Psychological resilience is one of the key strengths we should all learn during our lifetime. Let’s take a closer look at how stress affects a team’s resilience and ability to overcome obstacles. A candidate's resilience strengths should be taken into consideration during any hiring process, especially when positioning new hires into immediate areas of concern and/or high-stressor environments. Team resilience development can also be applied when optimizing the existing workforce, replicating top performers and developing new leaders from within.

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The Role of Personality Styles in Succession Planning

Posted on 2019-07-02

When it comes to an organization’s strength, a well-thought-out succession planning process can keep key talent in-house while developing them into the future leaders your business needs to flourish in the long run. Creating the plan itself is a large undertaking, so let’s focus on how you can use the PeopleKeys 4D assessment as part of your plan.

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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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