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5 strategy questions every leader should make time for
Harvard Business Review
If you are in charge of an organization, force yourself to have regular and long stretches of uninterrupted time just to think things through. When you do so — and you should — here are five guiding questions that could help you reflect on the big picture.
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Undoing stuck behavior and fear of change
By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
Have you ever caught yourself saying: "Why do things have to change? I've just gotten used to doing it this way." If so, then you are probably getting older. Resistance to change is not so much a negative as it is a fear of the unknown: "If I do change, or even make suggested adjustments, what's that going to do to my patterned lifestyle?" Yes, the fear of change — whatever your age — can be a block that limits your ability to truly live in the present.
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3 things every leader should do their first week on the job
Fast Company
What new leaders do during their first week or two on the job sets the course for their entire tenure. Getting off on the right foot isn't just a clichéd expression. It matters on a very practical level. Leaders can't succeed if they don't build the relationships that get them the help, advice and resources they need to accomplish their goals.
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How to deal with change effectively
Lead on Purpose
Change has long been considered vital for businesses, which need to keep adapting to the times or risk being left behind in their respective industries. While it's easy to accept that change is necessary, though, it's not easy to implement across an entire organization without issues being raised or problems being encountered.
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7 elements of a strategic plan
About.com
Most managers would benefit from having their own strategic plan. The process of developing a plan helps the manager (and the team) step back and examine where they are, where they want to go and how to get there. In the absence of a plan, work still gets done on a day-to-day basis, but often lacks a sense of purpose and priority.
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5 things leaders should avoid saying
Forbes
We used to think that a strong manager was someone who could speak firmly, but we've evolved. Now we see that any idiot can raise his voice and sound commanding. That doesn't make you a leader. Real leaders are people who don't bring the hammer down, because the hammer is only given to them by virtue of their title, which was conferred on them by somebody else.
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The 2 most powerful words for reaching your goals
Michael Hyatt Intentional Leadership
Tell me this hasn't happened to you: You decide on a goal and you're full of enthusiasm for the first week, maybe two. Then you slack off. When you remember your original goal, you either feel bad and quit, or feel bad and try again — only to experience the same dynamic again and again. But what if I told you two little words could enable you to break out of that cycle?
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Are you making these 4 leadership mistakes?
Entrepreneur
When you're leading a team, it is important to learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that could lose you the respect of your team and potentially affect productivity. Below are four of the more common leadership mistakes you can avoid making.
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