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Developing Leaders: 10 Steps to Help to Do It Through Delegation

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Creating future “owners. That’s the job of a leader.

That means cultivating team members who “own” the vision like we do, not merely directing a group of people who “rent” the vision. If leaders fail to delegate responsibilities, they will never fully develop “owners.”

To put it in perspective of a leader, when “I” am unable to both delegate projects and develop people: Read more…

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The 3 Most Hated Interview Questions – and How You Can Juice Them Up

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When you’re asking interview questions day in and day out, it’s easy to fall into a rut.

Even the most intuitive and engaging hiring managers may find themselves rattling off the same set of stock questions every day, and thanks to Google, these prompts are less effective than ever before. Applicants search online for common corporate hiring questions and then simply memorize their responses. It’s hard to learn anything about your candidates when they’re telling you exactly what you want to hear. Read more…

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Keeping Employees Happy? Hey CEOs, This Isn’t Rocket Science

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Are you tired of hearing about all of the ways you can make your company a “win-win?”

Yeah, I know the jargon gets old — but the goal shouldn’t.

As much as I don’t like jargon, business leaders can achieve a win-win in their organizations. It’s not difficult but does require effort and accountability from the rest of management. A splash of empathy always helps, too. Read more…

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The Actively Passive Candidate: Why Social is the Only Way to Hire in 2014

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Social media profiles have become a necessity when searching for talent, and on the flip side, when looking for a job, as more and more companies are turning to social recruiting in an effort to outpace competitors.

With that in mind, recruiters and hiring managers must further embrace social media in 2014 in order to find talent for their companies. Likewise, job candidates should make it a resolution to truly understand the realities of their online presences and to leverage them to farm and funnel interesting opportunities. Read more…

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The 5 Ways That Highly Engaged Employees Are Different

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By Timothy R. Clark

How do you learn engagement from someone who’s disengaged?

You don’t. That’s like trying to learn French from a Spanish teacher. People simply can’t teach you what they don’t know.

So we decided that the key to understanding high engagement was to study the highly engaged. We studied 150 highly engaged employees in 13 different industries and 50 different organizations, from aerospace and health care to technology and media. Read more…

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The 8 Things That Make Talent Leaders Successful

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What makes a person an outstanding talent leader?

Is it the ability to set a vision, develop a strategy, or manage a budget? Or is it something much less visible and subtler?

Leadership is not something we are born with, although we may have a general aptitude. It takes insight into what leadership is all about and the desire to practice it in a deliberate, thoughtful, and consistent way to become good.

The points below amplify what I have learned from many successful leaders over the years. Read more…

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The 5 Hallmarks of Really Lousy Leadership

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I saw a senior leader recently make several bonehead moves and was reminded that we can all learn from both good and bad examples.

Here are five (5) poor leadership behaviors and approaches that I’ve seen over the years. Follow them at your own risk:

1. Stay in control at all times

You are the leader because you know best. If there is a decision to be made, make it. If there is an important task to do, do it yourself. Read more…

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The Most Important Conversation? It’s Sure Not the Performance Review

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It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.

Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.

This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…

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Are You Googling Job Candidates? When You Do, Everyone Loses

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Years ago, I asked HR professionals to stop Googling candidates.

In short, it is dumb and lazy.

It is an unreliable and invalid way of discerning a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. And I believe it might be an illegal hiring practice, although there is no legal decision or class action lawsuit against an employer in America to test that theory. Read more…

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What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty

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This is not a deep psychology dive on ego and power in business leadership, which is a huge topic.

But I want to share some practical observations about how good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, and how others build themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally. I am a fan of the former.

What I have found is that the people who imagine that they have more power than they do can’t distinguish between the fact that their role has power vs. that they are powerful personally. Read more…