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5 things great leaders do every day
Forbes
When you hear the term inspirational leader, you may get images of someone who's achieved considerable success, or is a brilliant strategist able to amass a personal fortune. Or perhaps you consider someone who gives rousing motivational speeches worthy of a TED talk — an iconoclast who changes the national dialogue. What truly inspires people is actually in reach of your average manager in any organization: a personal, authentic, one-on-one connection.
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When bad things happen to good people
IAFC
One of the benefits of being the IAFC president is having fire service friends throughout the country and around the world. Through the miracle of Google Alerts, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media, I have the opportunity to observe fire service leaders from afar. One of the most difficult things for me to do is to watch bad things happen to good people — and it seems to be an epidemic these days.
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Leaders: 4 ways to build your legacy in the here and now
Great Leadership
As a leader, you'll serve yourself well by focusing your energy and effort on building your legacy. Creating your personal legacy can be a unique planning and development tool as you go about your day-to-day life, with its innumerable thoughts, actions, commitments and decisions. Starting today, build your legacy in the here and now. Here are four ways to get going.
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Help wanted: 3 ways to minimize new-hire risk
By Catherine Iste
Great news: Companies are hiring again. But with each new hire comes threats to the organization's integrity. From potential shifts to actual security breaches, we invite potential threats in the door with each hiring decision. Most organizations hedge against these risks with steps in the recruiting process like behavioral interviews and background checks. Are these steps enough?
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Expand your influence with 10 timeless leadership lessons
Forbes
Leaders are in search of distinction as they seek to have their impact felt and their influence reverberate throughout their organizations. As all industries attempt to reinvent themselves in the current marketplace, many organizations still lack leadership substance — the well roundedness and required wisdom to stay ahead of the game.
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The surprising secret to employee engagement
The Huffington Post
Ever since the Conference Board began studying it in 1987, employee engagement has steadily declined. A recent Gallup Poll reported that only 30 percent of Americans are actively engaged while at work. Have you ever wondered why this is happening? Mark C. Crowley, the author of "Lead From the Heart: Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century," has excellent an explanation for why employee engagement has been steadily declining, as well as how to fix it.
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10 negative employee behaviors that undermine success
By Greg L. Alston
We expect the best behavior from each member of our team all the time. We fully expect our workgroups to be constructive and positive. We expect each member to contribute to a professional environment every day. How do you know when someone is damaging the success of your enterprise? How do you know when to cut someone some slack or terminate their employment? These are the 10 major negative behaviors that simply cannot be tolerated in a productive workplace.
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