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…

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Are you a resolutions person? I’m not a big fan of resolutions. It seems they are just another way to procrastinate what you should have done days, weeks, months, or even years ago. What I prefer to do to celebrate a new year is to evaluate, reinvent, and re-energize my focus and attention. How do…

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A collective leadership misperception is that it happens to you as a result of a promotion. Sadly, many executives foster this climate of “ordained leadership” by acting as though they, as executives, are smarter than the masses and are therefore more worthy of making a decision. This culture stifles individual contribution, engagement, job satisfaction, and…

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What do you want to be when you grow up?  When you are little, it was magical to imagine what you might grow up to be: a ballerina, singer, movie star (or today a YouTube star), an astronaut – the list goes on. Every choice sounded and felt achievable. However, then you got to high…

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By Mollie Otieno, a Learning and Development expert Peer-to-peer coaching is scary. Peer coaching often reveals a lot of our own insecurities. What will my team member think about me?  Will they still like me? What if they someday become my boss, will they seek to avenge my coaching efforts?  Am I putting my job…

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All too often, other’s perception of us can make or break our opportunities, adoption of our ideas, our futures. Perceptions of us result from the direct and indirect experiences others have had with us. Yes, opinions about us can become viral in an organization where assumptions are made about us by people we have never…

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