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Everyone is different. Even within your own culture, you are the only person with your exact outlook on life. Think of someone whose differences are hard for you to accept. What makes that person different? Think about the things that irritate you about that person. Now shift your thought. Imagine you are in that person’s […]

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Run Interference For

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Interrupt and voice your opinion often, tell others how they should feel, do not listen, do not ask many questions, repeat yourself, and add a few unrelated comments. This list describes how not to promote discussion. An effective facilitator of an interactive meeting is aware of making absolute assumptions like “What’s bothering you?” versus “You […]

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What Is Your Response?

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In Part 6 of my leadership blog series, let’s determine the response you would take in each performance appraisal situation. While you are conducting a performance appraisal interview with a new employee, she mentions having difficulty mastering a certain skill. Tell her that you are not surprised because others have had difficulty, but you wonder […]

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You Do Not Fire a Difficult Person

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Most people can share a story about a difficult person at work. These people generally fit into several categories, such as Hostile-Aggressive, Complainer, Silent-Unresponsive, Super-Agreeable, Negativist, Know-it-All Expert, and Indecisive. A Hostile-Aggressive person tries to bully and overwhelm others, making cutting remarks and throwing tantrums. A Complainer gripes incessantly, but never tries to do anything […]

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So You Think You Can Lead?

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“Hard experience has taught me that real leadership is about understanding you first, and then using that to create a superb organization.”  —D. Michael Abrashoff, It’s Your Ship What makes you think you can lead? You probably know how to plan, budget, and establish detailed steps and timetables. Allocating resources is no problem for you. […]