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Expert Power

As a leader, chances are that there are people on your team who know a lot more than you about what your group does.  They have Expert power, yet you are supposed to be in charge.  Want to know how

Legitimate Power

Legitimate Power is the first and most commonly recognized source of power that people think of when they think about where a leader’s power comes from.  But if your leadership is based solely on the fact that you wear a

power sources

One of the keys to effective leadership is understanding where your power to lead comes from.  Merely occupying a position with “leader” in the title doesn’t make people want to follow you.  But if you know what does get people’s

Turn the Ship Around - David Marquet

Recently while researching leadership topics, I came upon an interesting video on YouTube.  In it, author L. David Marquet, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, relates how he turned the Navy’s conventional leadership paradigm on its head, and in doing so ended up

Reward Power

Reward Power is one of the best ways for leaders to influence people to move in the direction they want.  Most people tend to think of this power of reward in terms of money, and money can be a good

Leadership Movie Recommendations

Movies are a great way to see leadership in action.  Whether they are depicting real events or following  an original story line, watching how leaders form teams, overcome obstacles, and ultimately forge groups of people who are able to work

Pareto

Short on time, money, resources? Here’s a way to tackle this perpetual problem. Something leaders have to deal with all the time is limited resources – there’s never enough people, time, money, or other things you need to get done

“What’s so smart about SMART Goals?” Would you play a football game without any end zones?  I’m not even sure what the field would look like…round?  Where would you line up?  Where would you try to go?    Like the

Agendas are an important leadership tool you can use to help your team prepare for a meeting, keep everybody on track, and prevent you from forgetting anything important.  Watch this video for more tips about how to use an agenda

Positive Feedback

]Giving feedback to your people is critical to getting the job done, but a typical mistake many new (and not so new) leaders make is to focus on the negative, to catch people doing something wrong, and then correcting them.  In

Problem Solving, Part 5: Evaluate and Assess

You’ve implemented your solution.  Are you done? Not yet. This video takes a look at step 5 of the Problem Solving process:  Evaluate and Assess.  When a group of friends discover they have to clear the driveway from several feet

Problem Solving, Part 4: Making a Plan

How do you transform an idea into a plan? This video takes a look at Step 4 of the Decision Making Process: Implementing the Decision. It focuses on the Six “Ts” of planning – Task, Time, Talent, Team, Treasure, and

Problem Solving, Part 3: Make a Decision

Deciding how to decide is an important decision. We take on the complexities of making a difficult decision by asking ourselves, “How we gonna get some pizza?” This look at step 3 of the Decision-Making Process explores the ideas of

Problem Solving Step 2: ID Alternative Solutions and Brainstorming

How do you develop possible solutions? This video focuses on the second step of the problem solving process – how to develop alternative solutions. We start with a fun look at how two seemingly crazy ideas actually solved difficult problems. 

Identify the Problem

This video explores the first step of the problem solving process – how to identify the problem. It opens with an example involving human-powered flight, takes a look at three common pitfalls when problem solving, provides two methods for focusing

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