Quail Tuesday

Warning: part of this post may bring up unpleasant thoughts of gore. Ignore them, and enjoy the warm fuzzy feelings you get as you remember some of the best relationships you`ve formed in times of adversity at work. Do you need to wait to block off time for an “off site” or a “team lunch” […]

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Increasing and Showing Empathy

Empathy is an important trait for leaders to have, important enough that it is one of the competencies on the LEA 360, the survey that I use. It was one of the things that drew me to becoming certified in this survey. Empathy is dismissed in the work world, but is key for leaders be […]

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Introverted Leaders: Gifts and Cautions

A previous post about extraverted leaders explores some of theory behind Extraversion and Introversion. In brief, an extravert prefers to orient attention on the outside world ?€“ people and activity. An introvert prefers an orientation of the inner world ?€“ reflection and thoughts. In both cases, this is where people with that preference get energy. […]

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It's All About the Relationships

Note: I am far, far away on vacation this week, and without access to technology. So, I thought I’d pre-schedule a piece I’d written before I got serious about blogging (i.e. when nobody was reading my posts) for my “Leadership” column in West Michigan Business Review (copyright 2008, West Michigan Business Review. Used with permission). […]

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Is It a Priority?

We live in a world where we get to choose – everyday, and in almost everything we do. Yet we often believe we don’t have a choice. One of the most important choices we make – often unconsciously – is how we use our time. We allow ourselves to be pulled along by forces that […]

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Expectations – Part 1

My colleague and friend Paul Knudstrup of Midwest Consulting Group, has provided the following post that is a nice “follow-on” to my own March 1 post on relationships. As our guest blogger, he provides a different twist on the topic, below: What do you “expect” of your key relationships – those employees, co-workers, boss, spouse, […]

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Strategy and Relationship Building

“Relationship” in the context of how we get along with others at work, is a word that is shunned in the leadership-world. Perhaps it carries an emotional tone that we’d rather avoid in organizations. Yet, leadership is fundamentally about relationships. Sure, it isn’t practical for a leader spend time “relating” without attention to getting to […]

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