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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 behave 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…

Managing your Boss – Risky Business

By Rich Jones | July 2, 2013

One of the toughest jobs a leader can take on is leading horizontally and leading up. Leading without authority or the power of title is a critical skill that all great leaders have learned. Even a CEO has to, at times, lead the board of directors or the Chairperson needs to lead shareholders. To develop…

Leadership, a Journey Without End

By Rich Jones | June 22, 2013

The common denominators of respected leaders are they never stop learning, and they never stop teaching. Leadership takes a significant commitment to the journey of others. It is fraught with setbacks, mistakes, tough decisions and pride. The unwavering leadership commitment is to help others take risks, make mistakes, do things wrong and from all that…

Meeting Leadership, Hear and ‘K’now…

By Rich Jones | June 15, 2013

Often leadership is fraught with perils and timing is everything. A successful meeting requires the following: 1. An agenda 2. Time management 3. Quality discourse 4. Conflict resolution 5. Defined next steps with firm deadlines Since a leader’s schedule is heavily weighted with meetings, knowing meeting leadership skills can make the difference between walking out…