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The 4 unicorns of modern management
Forbes
There are a few myths the contemporary management consulting crowd has championed in recent years. Forget the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. We're talking more like the Four Unicorns of Utopia, galloping along on rainbows. The belief in these happy beasts has grown within our organizations because well-intentioned experts have been trying to bring about massive social change by preaching a kinder, gentler form of management.
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Avoid these common leadership mistakes
Forbes
Becoming a manager for the first time is incredibly exciting — but extremely overwhelming. In your hands, you now have the power to effect change, make an impact and guide the employees on your team to bigger and better things. But you also have to figure out how, exactly, to do that. In the process, you'll probably (er, definitely) make a few mistakes. So as you assume that new role, be on the lookout for these common ones.
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How to give a stellar presentation
Harvard Business Review
Speaking in front of a group — no matter how big or small — can be stressful. Preparation is key, of course, whether it's your first or your 100th time. From preparing your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?
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8 qualities of leaders who deliver value every day
Entrepreneur
Leadership is a means to create value for others through self-expression. How a leader shows up is everything as it sets the tone for others to either emulate or evade. Making the jump from manager to director to leader is never a clear-cut process. The position itself changes, but the "how to lead" skills are never made clear, newly-appointed leaders apply yesterday's management tactics to today's leadership demands, and the two don't play nicely.
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7 ways to become a better leader
Inc.
As we look to the last month of the year and into the new year, it's always a good idea to start thinking about your leadership skills. Are there ways you can improve? Is there an area where you need more training? Can you pat yourself on the back a little and say you've excelled at building relationships with your employees? Here are a few ideas on how we can all improve.
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Leaders should prioritize relationships over efficiency
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Efficiency always seems like the right answer. It's reflexive. Faster. Easier. Who doesn't want that? And yet while efficiency is critical and often a competitive advantage, it is a problem when it becomes a mindset that is applied to everything we do, when it becomes an excuse for our lack of real connection. Faster and easier is not always better. As leaders, we have to know the difference. Some things are better over time. There is no such thing as efficient leadership. If efficiency is digital, leadership is analog.
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The pitfalls that make workplace conflicts worse
Great Leadership
Great leaders are not afraid of conflict. They put it to work. Conflict in an organization is a lot like fire. When it sparks, it can intensify, spread and lead to pain, loss and irreparable damage. It can distract, distance, derail and occasionally destroy opportunities and relationships. It makes most people anxious, and as a result it is often mishandled and made worse. But if managed well, conflict can work for you and your organization.
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