How Great Leaders Develop Mental Toughness to Thrive

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Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist. He was also a Holocaust survivor. In 1945, he, his wife, and his parents were sent to the Theresienstadt Ghetto in Czechoslovakia. As Frankl was transferred to a variety of concentration camps, he and his family became separated. Tragically, they all perished, while Frankl was saved by Allied forces in […]

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What to do When Your Employees Ask for a Raise

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It’s mid afternoon. Thomas walks up to you and says, “Can we talk for a minute?” Surprised, you invite them in to talk. Your mind starts running through the possible things they could want to discuss. You hope it’s just an innocent question as you have that meeting in 15 minutes. As your mind races, […]

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Become an Effective Leader by Mastering this One Skill…

emotional intelligence and being an effective leader means avoiding narcissism

 What makes an effective leader? Typical answers include: a high IQ, a “hustle” attitude, and a big personality. But today, many experts are embracing another answer: high emotional intelligence. The concept of emotional intelligence or the emotional quotient (EQ) is relatively new. But, it’s the skill separating an average manager from an effective leader that […]

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Lighthouse Links: How to Be a Great Leader Starting Today

 “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” – Warren Buffett, billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Learning how to be a great leader is a never ending journey. Good leaders are constantly […]

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Two Key Words to Remember that will Help You Be a Great Manager

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What could make you a great manager without major changes? How could just a couple words have that kind of impact? Believe it or not, I already used both words in this post. And if you start using them more, you can be a great manager, too. Today, we tackle why these words matter, and […]

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Nails in the Coffin: Why a Flat Organizational Structure Fails

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A few years ago, having a flat organizational structure was all the rage. Well-known companies like Zappos, Medium, and Buffer were singing its praises and writing detailed posts explaining their reasoning. Tired of bad bosses, and corporate politics, the internet rejoiced. On paper it sounded so great. Why do we need managers? Who needs structure? […]

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10 Terrible Gifts for Boss’s Day for the Horrible Boss in Your Life

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“Uh oh…sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays!” If you’ve ever had a job you hated coming to work for each day, you know the feeling behind that statement from the iconic workplace comedy, Office Space. Fittingly, Boss’s Day is Monday, October 16th. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the boss that ruins their […]

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How to Keep Your Team Engaged When You Have Low Morale at Work

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At many companies, low morale is a fact of life. Any number of problems can stifle people, leaving them unmotivated and struggling to do their job. As a manager, you may feel low morale yourself; no one is immune to the harsh realities of the modern workplace. Gallup’s engagement stats show us year after year […]

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3 Leadership Stories to Help You be a Better Manager

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“Management isn’t some skill like drawing where you can just practice in isolation for hours and hours on end. You need to have the opportunity to be stretched in certain situations in order to learn and grow.“ – Julie Zhuo, Product Design VP at Facebook Learning leadership skills can be a steep challenge. Much of […]

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