Best Bosses Have These Three Skills

​You are responsible for leading people. But so much of your energy is wasted in shepherding people that often you as a leader are overstretched in your own work. This leads to inefficiencies and resentment. So, how you do create an engaged high performing team that you don’t have to micromanage? Here are three practical things you can do to be a better boss and leader:1) Give People Permission To ActNo manager really wants to do the job of their employees. With increasing demands on time and o...
Tags: Startups, Leadership, Wisdom, Management, Austin Startups, Leadership-development, Talent-development

The Truth About You

IN THE January/February 2019 issue of Communication Arts, Ernie Schenck writes about two kinds of truth: authentic and inauthentic. Authentic truth is who you are. Inauthentic truth is who you are when everyone is looking. It’s accepting what the loudest voices around you are saying because you don’t want to look bad. It’s commonplace in politics, but we see it everywhere. It’s pandering. Not leadership. It’s denigrating. Not serving. Inauthentic leadership is selfish. We use it to get somethin...
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Rest Isn't Always Fun (and Fun Isn't Always Restful)

The value of rest is a major theme in my coaching practice, and I talk with leaders on a regular basis about how to replenish themselves while pursuing demanding and often-stressful career paths. I began thinking more deliberately about rest in 2011, when I started tracking whether or not I got a good night's sleep. I continue that practice today and find the resulting data useful, but as with all human behavior it helps to be mindful of the limits of logic when it conflicts with our emotions....
Tags: Leadership, Els, Steve Magness, Edbatista, Self-Coaching, Brad Stulberg, Larry Rosen, Anamaria Nino Murcia, Ronni Hendel Giller, Nick van Dam, Food Tony Schwartz Sleep Deprived Leaders, Rasmus Hougaard Jacqueline Carter

How to Avoid Greatness

Want An Ordinary Life? Here’s How. If you clicked on this article because you’re okay giving up on your dreams for what’s ordinary and predictable there’s not much need to read any further, just carry on; it’s your choice and you’re the only person who has to live with it. Still here? Good. This is ...
Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Behavioral Science, Innovation Psychology

Untold Stories Of Everyday Innovators Inside Organizations

Lisa was the administrative assistant to the CEO of a global consulting firm. Her innovative approach to her work became the best practices that gave the company a competitive advantage. Kelly is an operations manager for the government. Her forward-thinking ideas have helped her department have a stronger, more valued voice to the internal teams ...
Tags: Leadership, Inspiration, Creativity, Culture, Innovation, Business Models, Kelly, Lisa, Businessinnovation, Innovation Innovator

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