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(Influential Leadership) Push The Envelope

Every once in a while, we need to step back and reflect on ways to raise our standards, step out of our comfort zones, take a chance – push the envelope.  So ponder this question:   “How can I push the envelope this week?”   Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash   This is a question …

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(Influential Leadership) Master Clarifying Conversations, Part 2

Last time I shared this relationship ‘truth’:   The quality of a relationship is directly proportional to the amount of effective communication that exists in that relationship.     One key to effective communication is the clarifying conversation.   Steps To Mastering The Clarifying Conversation   Step One: Get Clear Your Intent   The first …

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(Influential Leadership) Master Clarifying Conversations

How much of your leadership success depends on your ability to skillfully relate to others? Whether it’s the relationship with your clients, senior management, staff or co-workers, your ability to effectively communicate and master key relationships could arguably be the most important component of your success and fulfillment.   Relationship Cancer   Assuming this is …

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(Influential Leadership) Ask Questions

We often make the mistake of thinking that leaders should already have all of the answers.  If you want to be a truly influential leader, don’t hesitate to ask questions!   Often when we think we don’t have a lot to contribute to a discussion, we hesitate to ask questions. This is a big mistake, …

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(Influential Leadership) Frame Effective Questions

Many times we hold back on asking a question because we don’t want to look uninformed. We don’t want people to think, “They should already know that!”   Even savvy business consultants sometimes fall into this trap. But asking questions is critical to both being perceived as a leader, and to getting the information you …

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(Influential Leadership) Leadership Communication: Fair But Firm

Here is the fourth and final part of the  “Four Tests of A Leader.”  Take inventory of these four tests so that your followers will know without a shadow of a doubt why they are following you.   “Why Should I Follow You?”   Are you professional who knows your success depends upon leading other …

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(Influential Leadership) Leadership Communication: The Competence Test

Here is the 3rd of “The Four Factors For Superlative Leadership Communication.”   Specifically, what can you do as a leader to minimize direct reports missing the mark on an assignment?   Catch up on the series here.   Factor #3: Make sure your request passes The Competence Test   If a follower is to …

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(Influential Leadership) Leadership Communication: The Clarity Test

Here is the 2nd of “The Four Factors For Superlative Leadership Communication.”   Specifically, what can you do as a leader to minimize direct reports missing the mark on an assignment?   Last week we covered the first factor: attach a deadline to your  request.  Now let’s move on to factor #2.   Factor #2: …

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(Influential Leadership) Four Factors For Superlative Leadership Communication

Here is your next tip on being more influential and having more impact on your organization. Apply these to become more effective with colleagues, superiors and clients. Are you frustrated because one or more of your direct reports isn’t delivering? Did you know that YOU may be part of the problem?   The next four …

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(Influential Leadership) Volunteer … To Show Leadership (Part 2)

One of the most powerful ways to demonstrate leadership is through volunteer activities.  If you missed part 1 of this, catch up here.   It’s easy to get so busy with work that you seem to run out of time to get involved with causes that are meaningful to you. This is a mistake.   …

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