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Influencing Others: A Key Leadership Skill


Our ability to influence others is an essential skill for leaders at any level. Influencing is not about strong arming people to do things your way, but rather influencing is “the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions and ideas of others.” (definition from

Today’s flatter organizations that rely on […]

Self-management: How well do you do it?


It is easy to believe that all leaders practice self-management, but that is not always the case!

Self-management is a component of emotional intelligence. It is about the actions you take, or do not take. Self-management is focused on your ability to use your awareness of your emotions to stay flexible and ensure your behavior […]

Do You Learn From Experience?

Do you learn from your experiences? The most effective leaders learn from their experiences of the week. They are willing, able and ready to learn – they are not arrogant enough to assume they know it all.

Learning from experience is especially essential in developing critical skills – communication, negotiation, emotional intelligence. Every day […]

Are You a Leader? A Manager? Or Both?

There are many articles, white papers and other information on how a manager is different than a leader. And many theories on whether someone can effectively be in both roles. Certainly there are many definitions of what a leader or manager is; but for the purposes of this brief article, let’s define leaders and managers […]

Grow Motivation Like Tomatoes

Do you have green fingers? Can you make a plant thrive? Have you ever bought a plant and forgot about it? What happened? Have you ever planted a tomato plant? Did you get tomatoes, or did it wither and die? Have you ever bought an aquarium and ended up with fish floating upside down in […]