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5 Reasons to Redefine Leadership

By Rich Jones | April 20, 2014

Too often leadership is seen as the job of the chosen few and dictated by the org chart. Let’s move past this arcane concept and change our paradigm. Leadership isn’t for the few; leadership is for the masses. Here is why I know this to be true: 1. Marine Corps boot camp taught me that…

10 Steps to Leadership Influence

By Rich Jones | April 11, 2014

Being influential is essential to being successful. Influence is communication and behavioral skill that allows the leader to establish his/her authority into a situation that results in others responding with thought and action. To be an effective leader requires you to be an influencer. If you cannot influence others your only courses of action is…

Leadership of Knowing When to Hand It Off

By Rich Jones | March 31, 2014

Leadership is about knowing when to step forward and knowing when to step away. Many times in my career I have had a chance to do both. In my experience, stepping forward is much easier than stepping back. In every leadership role, there is a tipping point. Where most leaders error is not seeing that…

Creating a Leadership Brand

By Rich Jones | January 10, 2014

Have you ever defined your leadership brand? If you haven’t identified the attributes of your brand, now is the time. The process is simple but deliberate. What is a personal brand? A personal brand includes those attributes that make you who you are and how those around you expect you to act and behåave in varied…

Quiet, Is it Selfish or Scared?

By Rich Jones | November 8, 2013

When leading a team and a decision is needed, what happens? Is it silence or negotiation and debate? Let’s assume that the right people have been assembled for the team; you have the subject-matter experts to be able to make the right decisions. But just having the right experts at the table does not guarantee…

Leaders Don’t Listen? Really?

By Rich Jones | September 15, 2013

Condoleezza Rice once said, “When you’re in a position of authority, you need truth-tellers around you.” Did she hit the mark? You bet. First, let us agree that one element of leadership is the authority. To be a leader, you must have some authority. This authority isn’t determined by power but by your ability to…

Punish or Pamper?

By Rich Jones | September 6, 2013

On CBS Morning there was a piece titled Punish or Pamper. The news story was about how to maximize productivity in the workplace. Why is this an either/or issue? Is managing a team just about punish or pamper? I don’t think so… There are times when employees need and deserve to be pampered, and conversely,…

Is There a Place for a Humble Leader?

By Rich Jones | August 10, 2013

There are those that lead with ego, and there are those that lead with humility. Which are the most successful leaders? Let’s look at history. Leading with ego, we all have a list that jumps to mind because you’ve probably known or worked for these leaders. I immediately think of Ken Lay of ENRON fame…

Leading with Honorable Intentions

By Rich Jones | August 1, 2013

A coworker does something we don’t understand or agree with, what do we do? We write a story in our head. We create scenarios on what we think the intentions of this person were. We create a story with little real evidence, only perception, “intuition” or assumption. Typically these stories are negative. Typically these perceptions…