The Most Important Aspect of Task Relevant Maturity Many Leaders Forget

Your task relevant maturity includes what you don't know you don't know

Great leaders know how important Task Relevant Maturity is to having a high performing team. It’s the acknowledgement that one-size-fits-all leadership is a recipe for failure. Instead, you need to keep in mind the skills and experience level someone has for specific tasks. Then, you tailor your management approach to fit them. What is Task […]

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How Your Ego Can Make You a Bad Leader (+ what to do about it)

Jeffrey Immelt success theater from ego

“If you target his heel, he will die.” One of the most legendary heroes of Greek mythology was the soldier, Achilles. Known as, “the Greatest Warrior of the Iliad,” he was a masterful fighter in battle. His personality and leadership skills were equally extraordinary. Courageous, loyal, and inspiring, he and his troops conquered 23 cities without a […]

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How to Get Team Buy in for an Important Change You Want to Make

team buy in lead from the front in times of uncertainty like nelson mandela

“Why won’t they do this???” “How has there been no progress made on this?” “Why is this still happening?!” “What will it take to get team buy in to this and change?!?” If you’ve ever tried to get a group of people to change, you’ve felt this exasperation. This can be particular hard when you’re […]

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How to use a Positive Outlook to Make Yourself a Better Leader

a positive outlook is glass half full

How do you feel about life right now? Are you filled with enthusiasm and a positive outlook? Or, do you find yourself negative at times, seeing the worst in the world and others? We all have our ups and downs, and what’s happening to and around us has a big impact on it. It’s harder […]

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Saturday Night Live’s Best-Kept Secrets for Awesome, Collaborative Teams

lorne michaels built collaborative teams

It’s a dark-lit room. In a chair, an English teacher is reading a newspaper. His foreign student walks down the stairs and sits across from him. “Good evening,” hisses the English teacher. “Good evening,” says the student. The teacher continues, “Repeat after me. I would like-” “I would like-,” copies the student. “To feed – […]

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Why You Should Prioritize Psychological Safety to have an Innovative Team

psychological safety must be part of your culture

The huge success of Google and their Adwords product has allowed them to ask some of the biggest questions that every company wants to know. None are bigger than the age-old, “What makes a great, successful team?” Because they have the money ($32 billion in revenue), resources (dedicated People Ops and Analytics orgs), and scale […]

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The Hardest Skill of All for Managers to Learn and Build

self awareness requires taking time to reflect

To be a great leader, you need to develop many skills: emotional intelligence, the art of giving good feedback, influencing others, managing up, and more. Yet, above all those skills is one that with it, will carry you far, and without it, you will struggle. It’s one that gets harder the busier you get, and […]

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Why Constructive Discontent Is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage

constructive discontent jan timmer

“That is the worst thing that can happen to a company,” said Wisse Dekker.   He’s the former president of Dutch electronics company, Philips.   In 1990, he resigned after the company barely earned $3 million dollars in their first quarter. This was horrendous compared to the $130 million earned in the previous year.   Dekker […]

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