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Negative criticism – how to tell the useful from the useless

Negative criticism – how to tell the useful from the useless negative criticism

Criticism can be hard to take.  Even if it is well-meaning, it can hurt.  And if it is unkind, it is even worse.  What should you do?  React or ignore it?  Respond or walk-away?  Act on it or disregard it.  All compelling questions, but not always easy to consider in the emotion of the moment. […]

Trying to motivate employees? Watch out for the cobra effect.

Trying to motivate employees? Watch out for the cobra effect. motivate employees

Back in 2015, I wrote a post about how situations that were intended to motivate people to take specific action inadvertently incented them to act in the absolute opposite way.  The question of course was what that meant to you, as a leader trying to motivate employees.  Today’s blog post is also about how to […]

Who are you ignoring? (or why it’s so important to acknowledge others)

Who are you ignoring? (or why it’s so important to acknowledge others) acknowledge

A brief chance encounter in an Indian movie theatre illustrates a fundamental principle of leadership that separates exceptional leaders from everyone else. Don’t let its simplicity fool you; it’s more powerful than you may realize!

If you’re a long-distance leader, you have to learn to trust

If you’re a long-distance leader, you have to learn to trust long-distance leader

Back in Strategy #6, I talked about the importance of shifting your focus from effort to outcomes if you want to be an exceptional long-distance leader.  Today, in Strategy #16 in our series on leading hybrid and virtual teams, I want to share another idea that falls out of that one.  It is to trust […]

Three rules for productive meetings

Three rules for productive meetings productive meetings

You have, no doubt, attended at least one (if not more) meeting from hell! Whether they’re virtual, in-person or hybrid, the complaints run the litany – no structure, too long, nothing gets accomplished, boring, irrelevant, adversarial. The list goes on. Yet productive meetings ARE possible.  They can accomplish great things – elevate communication, generate new […]

Leading a remote team becomes easier when you deliberately build personal relationships

Leading a remote team becomes easier when you deliberately build personal relationships leading a remote team

Today’s video episode marks Strategy #15 in our series on leading a remote team.  Today’s tip is to deliberately get to know your employees at a personal level. Deliberately get to know your employees at a personal level Let me first address the occasional pushback I get on this strategy.  Clients will say to me, […]