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Top 3 Myths About Leadership in Large Companies. Tips for the Leaders and the Small Businesses Who’d Like to Hire Them

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Photo by Martin Heigin

For smaller companies, this is a great time to attract fantastic talent.  There are many experienced, accomplished people on the job market right now, and many of them are looking for opportunities where they can contribute and create exponential growth.  The challenge for many leaders who come from larger companies is that there seems to be a bias against them based on myths that started with people who’ve never worked in a Fortune 500 organization.  Today, we’re going to explore the three most common myths and how to address them.

The Power of Now Strikes Corporate America… Maybe

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Photo by lepiaf.geo

It’s rare that good ideas from popular culture make it into the board room.  For some reason, they seem un-businesslike, maybe sometimes a little “woo-woo.”

Reading from my January 2009 Fastcompany (yes, very behind), I noticed some quotes from the CEO of Cisco, John Chambers.  “Focus on what we can influence, and not over- or under-react to things we cannot.  It’s a question of living in the world as it is, not the way we want it to be.”

The One Question That Will Improve Your Productivity Exponentially…

…and if you can get your company to adopt it as a practice, will eliminate needless distractions and improve the productivity of the entire organization.

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Photo by Alec Brock

How does this [conversation, activity, report, spreadsheet, meeting, etc.] add value?

Is Your Staff Sabotaging Your Opportunity for Success Right Out of the Gate?

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Photo by sookie

When your company is trying to implement something different, what phrases do you hear uttered in hushed tones (and sometimes not so hushed tones) in the break room and around the smoking area?

Anything like this?  “It will never work.”  “Here we go again.”  “We’ve never gotten this right.”  “This is stupid.”

The not-so-subtle underlying message is “So why try?”

Conquering the Sneakiest Source of Unnamed Conflict

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Photo by Noyes

My face is very expressive.  My husband calls me an eyeroller. I think about all the times that there is something going on, like a five hour stint with and without my web developer trying to get the branded page of my ezine to look right in 2 browsers and an email client (Aweber sucks!).  Sorry, I digress, and Aweber really does suck.  My DH almost always thinks that the frowns, the sighs, the groans of utter exasperation are directed at him and not at that timesucking Awber interface.

The Tale of SLB– Really, I couldn’t make this up if I tried

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Photo by Zoe

Oh, you guys…. I’ve been sitting on this one for over a week because I didn’t know how to tell you about it in a way that wouldn’t be disparaging to the individual, because I think I’d like him as a client.  I know the person who related this to me would like me to have him as a client.  But this is just so…. The Office or maybe Dilbert.  To “Dick” – oops, sorry.

The Most Important Lesson Learned from a Lessons Learned Session

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There is nothing quite like working hard on a project, finally getting out into the world, and then having a well-intentioned meeting meant to improve the quality of the next endeavor which devolves into everything but the kitchen sink that went wrong.  (It’s even better when we can find another group to blame.)

Focusing on what went wrong is demoralizing and doesn’t add value. There, I said it.  Sacrilege, I know.

Does Work Have to Be Drudgery in Order For a Company to be Profitable?

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Photo by Adriana Lukas

The quick answer is “of course not,” but isn’t that what many leaders in companies believe to be true?

If people didn’t believe that to be true, then why do people look at me like I’m a green, two-headed martian when I tell them that I partner with leaders to create fun and profitable workplaces?  Seriously, it is like these two things can’t go together and I’m some sort of nut job for thinking that they do.

The Top 5 Mistakes New Leaders Make and How to Avoid Them

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Photo By Michael J

Neutered an Employee Today, a Study in Motivation

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Photo by Kevin Trotman

Today, as I was attending my Personal Coaching Styles Inventory Certification course, we listened to a case study in which a very frustrated manager was talking to his coach.   Imagine, that it goes something like this:

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