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A Real-Life Example of Leadership Success

Now let's move on to this month's newsletter. Last month we started to peel back the layers of what I refer to as Atypical Leadership. The first element was character-based leadership. And as promised, next month I will be talking about the second of...


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Atypical Leadership - What We're Starving for Today

There are more articles written, catchy names, labels and tags given various leadership approaches than I can count. Why? Because there are so many different "takes" on what is required, what works and what will get the end results desired. Based on


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Leadership in Today's World

The first announcement I am extremely pleased to make is that Goranson Consulting is forming a strategic partnership with Kay Titchenal, effective January 30, 2013. I first met Kay when working for Right Management Consultants,


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GIVE THANKS TO YOUR EMPLOYEES, FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS

What's that you say? Give "thanks"? Isn't that just for Thanksgiving? Not in my book. The holidays are absolutely my favorite time of year to thank people for their efforts, dedication, accomplishments, loyalty and results for the past year. It is al...


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Great Leaders Find Their Passion

At GCI, we talk a LOT about job fit. We know that when the right people are in the right jobs at the right companies... magic can happen. And massive leaps in employee engagement occurs! Steve Jobs, who passed away last month, certainly made quite a


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Great Leaders in Today's World

 Times have changed. And so have some of the attributes that make great leaders to guide us through these challenging times. Now, more than ever, the world at work and everywhere needs and is looking for leaders to show us the way.

Research Factoids on Employee Recognition

The role of recognition and recognizing employees has been significantly under-appreciated as an important driver of business success, profitability, and performance in most organizations. According to the most research, 99.4 percent of today's em...


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Do you or your employees and co-workers think "Oh no, I have to go to work tomorrow!"?

Do you find yourself thinking about the upcoming workday and start rapidly becoming filled with a sense of impending doom? Are you stressing about your seemingly endless to-do list? Feeling anxious? Contemplating calling in sick?

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How Well Do You Hand Out Work to Peers and Subordinates?

Leave your ego at the door.  A big mental speed bump to delegation is that "If you want it done right, then do it yourself." Remember, you're not the only person in the world who can do it right. You may be the only person who...


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Clear Communication

 The Highlights 

  • Be as clear as possible. When communicating with direct reports, peers or bosses up the org chart, clarity is king! Be concise, ask questions to check in for understanding and buy-in and welcome feedba...


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Setting Clear Expectations - A Key to Better Employee Engagement

Management training shows how to establish, write and communicate clear job performance expectations effectively and create a solid basis for appraisal and performance management efforts.   Setting performance expectations is absolutely on...


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Drivers of Engagement?

While it is possible to measure engagement itself through employee surveys, this does not assist in identifying areas for improvement within organizations. There are a range of factors, more commonly known as drivers, that are thought...


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What is Employee Engagement and Why Should I Care About it?

Employee engagement, also commonly known as worker engagement, is a business management concept. A truly engaged employee is deemed to be one who is fully involved in and enthusiastic about their work. And by definition, if they are more engaged, it


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Create a Culture of Engagement

Over the past couple of years, challenging economic conditions have required organizations to tighten belts and do more with less. While we all accept these measures as necessary for survival, the added stress on rank-and-file employees has been excr...


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What is Performance Management?

A very visible company practices employee recognition and engagement by recognizing  its employees for good performance by prominently placing their photographs in the lobby display case, along with a brief bio of the employee as well .The employee


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Eliminating Management Derailers

More and more is being asked of managers in today's business world.  And because of that the importance of their success is even more critical to any organization.  It's easy as a new, reassigned or just overwhelmed manager to get lost in the shuff...


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Good Employees Gone Bad

In today's working world, things have clearly changed and will continue to do so. Some of that is good. Some of that creates a unique set of challenges. The phrase used most often with me by my clients is "Whatever happened to the person I hired?". A...


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Eight Signs of Ineffective Managers

Effective managers do more than just supervise employees. They take responsibility for ensuring that an individual succeeds, and that the team, department, or business unit achieves expected results. Effective managers are like successful coaches who...


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WHAT'S BEHIND GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

Great news!  The all important consumer spending index appears to have been up in March. One key and positive sign on the long road to economic recovery!  But as with all good news comes other potential roadblocks.  A key challenge is the f...


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Succession Management & Career Development are the Keys

I am currently working with several organizations that all face the same challenge. Where are my next leaders coming from? One has less than 15 employees, one with around 35, one around 750 and another well over 1,000. Yet all are asking questions a...


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