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ARE YOU AS GOOD AS CLINTON

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Last week I posted a blog post on research that revealed that the more confident a leader is, the more likely they are to be a good listener. I had a question this week from someone which stopped me in my tracks, “Craig, how do I know if I am a good or a bad […]

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ARE YOUR STRENGTHS BECOMING WEAKNESSES?

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At every interview someone will ask: “What are your strengths?” Great question. Go write down your top 3 strengths! Maybe you are strongest at: Analysis, building relationships, operating a particular computer program, working with customers, building collaborative relationships, be strategic, your creativity, communication skills, team player, helpful, attention to detail. The list could be endless. […]

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Why Confident Leaders Listen

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While some may be impressed with how well you speak, the right people will be impressed with how well you listen. Great leaders are great listeners, and therefore learning to talk less and listen more is a crucial skill. The best leaders are proactive and intuitive listeners. They recognize knowledge and wisdom are not gained […]

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5 STEPS TO BALANCE OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM

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In one of my favorite leadership books, Jim Collins in Good to Great, talks about a key distinction between good and great leaders. He named it the Stockdale Paradox after Admiral Jim Stockdale. Admiral Stockdale was the highest ranking United States military officer in the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam […]

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CREATING A LEADERSHIP DASHBOARD

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8 HELPFUL LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS TO ASK The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives and the outcomes we get. Ask stupid, limiting or self-defeating questions will always condemn us to spin our wheels emotionally and intellectually. Some examples: “Why me?” – Helps us feel and act like a victim. “How can I […]

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TEAM KILLER – STARS AND SPECTATORS

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In around a month we are going to be launching a new free product on our website – Unlocking Team Work Success – 7 Team Killers. As loyal readers I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of part of a chapter. Each chapter will have a description of the Team Killer, a survey for […]

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WHAT ARE YOU PAID TO DO?

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  “What is the most enjoyable thing you do as a leader?” Is it finishing a report, running a meeting, diving in a solving a complicated project problem, talking with customers or……….. This is a very important question. The answer to this gives you the frame for what you will keep returning too. The second […]

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GO ON DECIDE

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Do you want a recipe for procrastination? Wait until you are absolutely certain your decisions are correct before committing to a decision. Being willing to make decisions and set expectations on incomplete data is one of the signs you are being a ‘good’ leader. Warren Buffett says, “Essential leadership is about making decisions.” The only […]

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WHO ARE YOU FOCUSED ON?

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If you lead others there are certain things that they can ‘smell’ about your motivation and focus. Not dealing with these unseen forces might be costing you promotion and trust. Essentially we can be focused on our careers, our needs and our status or we can be principally focused on the team goals, status and […]

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CREATE A RHYTHM OF SUSTAINABILITY

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THE FOUR R’s OF SUSTAINABILITY As we sat for lunch, the young leader of a growing organisation dumped his frustration. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I feel buried by all the stuff of leading. I thought that I’d have more time to plan, contemplate and develop people. But I am swamped by email, […]