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Are leaders born or made Most people would say both – part nature, part nurture Great leaders have innate qualities of integrity, humility, fairness, vision, and determination...

As a manager, one of the key skills is providing feedback on staff performance How easy is it to give positive feedback, when someone has performed a great job Easy isn’t it...

“What we think about we bring about” As quoted by Napoleon Hill We always have the ability to create a new reality in our life, simply by changing how we think...

When I first heard of Lean I was a production/human resources manager for a small marine electronics manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington Lean being the name given to the Toyota Production System coming out of Japan after World War II The year was 1996 and at that time my company employed about 30 people...

Say the word “leader” and most of us envision a knight-like figure charging headlong, inspiring his troops and generally leading from the front That’s the dramatized version of a special type of leadership called “Transformational Leadership” Transformational leadership is probably the ideal interpretation of leadership, and the most romanticized...

Who needs someone breathing down one’s neck at the workplace Employees of all organizations need their bosses to be more than mere supervisors An effective boss is one who plays the role of mentor when required; he must “know the way, go the way and show the way”...

Imagine for a moment you are standing by the side of your house and doing some work on it Your Neighbor Bob comes over to see how you are doing As Bob approaches you say: “Hi Bob, can you do me a favor...

Leadership often comes across as a vast and confusing topic There are many reasons why this is the case: - Personal Development is an unscientific process, and therefore clear and simple techniques are hard to validate Similarly, incorrect or harmful tips are impossible to disprove...

In the past 10 years, there has been a huge cry for ultimate leadership guides to come flying off the British and American presses Why is this Well, it's because leadership in recently decades has become fragmented and confused for many individuals, and is now in danger of alienating even enthusiastic leadership followers...

You can easily create a petition online and make it available to people all over the world In this way you can collect a huge number of signatures in support of the cause The online petition sites offer free hosting so it doesn’t cost you anything to start or sign a petition...

When you feel that a situation needs to be changed, there are ways of bringing this issue to the attention of the authorities with the power to make the changes One of these ways is to start a petition in which you collect signatures of all those affected Starting a petition is free and easy with the wealth of tools and resources available online on many sites dedicated to petitions...

You can start a free petition online and not have to pay for the creation or the hosting Online petitions have the potential of collecting massive numbers of signatures and support for your cause Through a petition you can bring an issue you feel is important to the attention of readers from all over the world...

Every petition needs signatures to show that there is support for this issue and to hopefully get the powers to be to make the changes you suggest How many petitions you need depends on many factors If your petition is about a local issue, you should have the signatures of 100% of those affected by the current situation and the suggested changes...

There are numerous petition samples available online to give you ideas of the types of petitions you can create and to teach you how to write an effective petition For example, if you are looking for a petition for an issue associated with the environment or animal welfare, you can read the samples available and sign your name in support of the cause Most of the sites that host petitions also have a list of most popular petitions of the time, such as ones started by activists or those in support of non-profit organizations...

A citizen petition is a way of asking for changes on an issue that concerns you Under the First Amendment of the Constitution, citizens have this right to make their views known and to request that government agencies or departments as well as private businesses and enterprises take a second look at laws and regulations that affect them in a detrimental way Citizens can also make a petition to request that changes not be made, such as to the environment, when changes are proposed for the use of land...

Every citizen should know how to make a petition This is one method of initiating change that has proven effective for centuries Quite often situations develop where the actions of another has an impact on a group of people or their surroundings in which they may feel powerless...

There are many online sites that make petition writing and the collection of signatures much easier than it was in the past By creating an online petition, you have access to supporters of your cause all over the world These people simply go to the link you indicate for the petition and type in their name and email address...

Leadership and influence are often mistaken as being the same thing They're heavily connected - I agree, but influence is merely one strand, one element - one segment of being a great leader Influence is often the most prolific, public and easy to identity elements of leadership, and I believe this is why it is commonly seen 'as' leadership as a whole...

Obama is without doubt one of the most effective leaders we have seen so far this century, and is already well on his way to becoming the contender for 'leader of the century' The hype behind this man is huge, the media coverage at an almost obsessive level - but yet there is a significant amount of sincerity in the voices of his followers So how did such a man become the President of the United States of America...

Employee loyalty depends primarily on the relationship between the employee and his or her immediate supervisor While the supervisor’s skills and attitudes play an important role is establishing credibility with subordinates, management practices can also have a significant impact Over the years, I have personally coached hundreds of first-level managers and supervisors on using relationships to improve employee performance...

In the kickoff session to my leadership development engagements, I ask participants to identify five goals, either personal or professional, that they want to accomplish in the next twelve months Then I ask them to identify the key obstacles that stand in the way of achieving the goals Invariably, time and money will be at the top of list of obstacles...

Polished Create Your Professional Image Paula Pace The best laid plans – college, graduate school or MBA can smack into a brick wall at the first corporate social event All the technology certifications you can cram onto your resume can fall off the page when you walk through your client’s door...

One of the most complicated and frustrating issues that most senior leaders face is how to use pay practices as a way to improve company performance The first comment that I will make is that there is no perfect system—if there was, then everyone would be using the same system and thousands of employee compensation consultants and experts would be out of work As I researched this article, one common thread came through in all my reading...

As we endured this past election season, change is a word that we heard a lot Everyone seems to run on a platform of change, yet I wonder if politicians really understand the change process An interesting question to debate is whether or not people are naturally resistant to change...

One of the biggest barriers that senior leaders face in delegating and taking work off their plates is having the confidence that people below them will make the right decision In the absence of confidence, leaders tend to get involved in many more decisions than they need to They get accused of “micromanaging” by their staffs...

I am currently involved with a client in facilitating the development of a new performance appraisal system for the company It has given me the opportunity to benchmark best practices and to research the entire area of performance management As I found with a previous article on pay and performance, there is no perfect system for performance management...

If you have an environmental issue that you feel needs to be addressed, there is a petition process that all citizens are required to follow You do need to do your research about the issue and contact your local government authority to find out more about the project and express your concerns This will help you decide if this project warrants a review and whether or not you need to start a petition about the issue...

Is your organization spending too much time seemingly rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic Are the senior decision makers consistently voicing the need to make substantial change in the face of a complex and dynamic environment yet no real change takes place Is the organization spending a great deal of time planning strategically but the answers to the questions keep coming out the same...

Recession Recession Recession Its the word being thrown most around organisations atm, but how should it directly affect leadership styles used in organisations, and the leadership development programmes it offers to its employees A drastic change is the answer, and you're the person who will deliver it...

It is not easy being a leader today Most organizations have eliminated layers of management and the average span of control for managers has increased significantly There is more to do with fewer resources...

 
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