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Successful leadership requires 6 critical resources
Forbes
Leadership is a chess match. Every decision you make influences your next five decisions. Unfortunately, many leaders don't realize the implications of each of their decisions. It's like an entrepreneur who battles long and hard to reach their desired goal, and stops 90 percent of the way, not knowing they only had 10 percent more to go to get there.
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7 ways to be a more effective team leader
By Liz Murphy
What makes a team successful? If we're talking about the bottom line, a successful team meets and/or exceeds key performance metrics that further short- and long-term organizational goals. But getting your team to perform on paper has less to do with numbers than you might think, and more to do with being an emotionally intelligent and intuitive leader. The external success of a team comes from within, and while it's a lot of work, it can also be very rewarding.
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The importance of hope
The Washington Post
Some researchers suggest hopeful companies tend to be more creative and innovative, and make greater investments in employees than those that are not. As a result, employees in these positive and hopeful cultures are more engaged at work and more persistent in trying to reach goals.
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What you can learn about leadership from a tough guy who doesn't say much
Forbes
There is one advantage that quiet people have over those of us who like to hear the sounds of our own voices. They are good observers. This is a point that actor Liev Schreiber made about the title character he plays on Showtime's Ray Donovan. During an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Schreiber says Donovan's character, who "doesn't say much," instead spends time taking things in. That is, he listens to what people tell him.
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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work." The reasons apparent eagles turn out to be total turkeys can most often be attributed to one of these four, common hiring mistakes.
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Using social media in fire and EMS
IAFC
As the use of social media becomes pervasive throughout our communities, it's imperative that the fire and emergency service consider how to best leverage these technologies as we build up our relationships with those we serve.
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How a leader's behavior affects team members
Business 2 Community
Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collected experiences, they have the ability to influence not only what transpires within our work lives, but how we process those moments. A leader's view of a challenging situation, including the psychological vantage point they bring to bear upon a problem, can affect how we move forward.
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What it's like being a middle manager today
The Wall Street Journal
Midlevel managers — whose ranks numbered 10.8 million in the U.S. last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — are often dismissed as paper-pushers, perpetuators of groupthink and symbols of organizational bloat. But management experts say they're an essential layer of a company, turning top-line strategy into action, day by unglamorous day. 
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