60-Second Trivia

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How well do you know your leadership? With all that’s going on, time to take 5 minutes for yourself.COVID-19 will still be there when you return.So what’s 60-Second Trivia? Ten short trivia questions about leadership (or anything remotely related to it).How long?  5 minutes, max.So here goes.  There are points, but none of them count. Answers follow after the 10 questions.Question 1In a Word document that is 8.5” x 11”, with 1”…

Do You Still Say, “Span of Control”?

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It occurred about a week ago. I was talking with a person in her 20’s, discussing management and leadership issues, when I referred to “span of control”. And then it hit me. Does that term really mean anything anymore? If you’re old enough, “span of control” used to mean something. Management and leadership positions were often measured by their spans of control, the number of subordinates they had. But I…

Four Easy Ways to Empower Your People

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“Empowers” is one of those words mediocre consultants just love. You can drive a bus through the breadth of its all-encompassing definition: “Mary/Bob Leader, as your trusted consultant, I can unequivocally state that you need to empower your people more.” The consultant beams, and reflects silently: “Most impressive. Can I take the afternoon off now?” “Empowers” is right up there with “leverage” and your daily horoscope: we all have a…

Are You Paying the Price for Your Slow Burn?

Nothing like an economic crisis to bring latent leadership issues to the forefront. If you were grooming and “weeding” your people during the good times, chances are you’re doing better than other leaders during these challenging times. If you weren’t focused on the quality of your people during the good times, changes are your suffering extra now. As companies have pared back on staffing levels, leaders have assumed greater responsibility…

Real Leaders Don’t Watch Movies

“I’m king of the world!” “Show me the money!” “You can’t handle the truth!” “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” “Go ahead, make my day.” Memorable quotes from memorable films. Love ’em or hate ’em, movies of all types end up in our collective consciousness. In reviewing a list of movie quotes recently, I was impressed by how just one short phrase was all I needed to…

Now More than Ever, Offer One Hand to Shake and One Throat to Squeeze

Today more than ever, companies are looking for leaders. Not the kind to fill management or leadership vacancies. They’re looking for employees, whether or not they have people under their direction, to step up and demonstrate a greater ability to contribute. They’re looking for people to lead in terms of what they bring to the table each and every day. In a different time, one might have argued that this…

Fear: Maybe not a Friend, but a Reliable Companion

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This past weekend at a local conference, I delivered a presentation on overcoming barriers to effective talent development.  I also had the chance to attend other presentations too.  At one, the facilitator split the room into sections, and labeled each one with a specific emotion.  He then asked people to stand in the section that best described the atmosphere in their company.  Would it be surprising to say that 70…
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