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How to Lead Difficult Employees

How to Lead Difficult Employees

Whether they cause you severe stress or mere frustration, difficult employees are certainly a challenge. As they resist every request, question your direction, bring down the morale of the team, and impose their toxic comments in every meeting, your role as a leader...

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Time to Check Your Alignment

Take your car in for a tune-up and an alignment is often part of that process.  Left unchecked, your car may pull slightly right or left. You can easily course correct, but if you didn’t you could soon be going in the very wrong direction. In the office, tune-ups look...

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Leaders: Would You Really Put That on Social Media?

A leader leads daily. Title or no title, in work and in life, even outside the office.  Yet, recent views of social media posts which include fear mongering and name calling on political issues, intimate details of one struggle or another revealed, and unfiltered...

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Politics Aside, Are You Managing Your Message?

No matter what side one sits on in politics, no one disputes the fact that in America, we’re witnessing history. Never before have we had a female presidential nominee and never before have we seen such vitriol and polarizing controversy over the candidates from our...

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Monica Wofford, MBA, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, and author who helps managers who were promoted , actually become prepared to lead.

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5 Foolproof Ways Smart Leaders Fail Faster

5 Foolproof Ways Smart Leaders Fail Faster

Dictionary.com shows the first definition of failure as 1) An act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful, lack of success. Yet, when asked how to face failure, Google provides more than 218 MILLION results, the first few pages focusing on a negative...

Why a Manager Should Say My Circus My Monkeys

Why a Manager Should Say My Circus My Monkeys

The t-shirt image still makes me giggle. It simply said Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys. That image along with the one of my VP of HR friend’s office covered with stuffed long armed monkeys intended to appear to be flying. When you’re in management, you don’t have the...

7 Lies You Believe About What Your Boss is Thinking

7 Lies You Believe About What Your Boss is Thinking

There is a difference between outright lying and a lie by omission and when it comes to your boss and what he or she might be thinking, the latter is likely present. These 7 thoughts rarely even cross their radar and emphasize the need for you, as a future leader, to...

5 Facts About Leadership Opportunities

5 Facts About Leadership Opportunities

In the topic of leadership development, how to get promoted is one of the hottest questions, with one of the widest variations in answers. Not only does it depend on the person, the boss of that person, the company, the culture of said organization, but it also...

Meaning and Message Walk Into a Bar…

Meaning and Message Walk Into a Bar…

In leadership communication, your message and it’s meaning are certainly key players. Given the number of times communication goes wrong or is misunderstood, these same two elements are the ones most commonly made fun of when things go wrong. Spending time to get...

Why New Managers are Smarter Than You

Why New Managers are Smarter Than You

If you gave the title one quick glance and said nuh-uh, this is precisely why you may be undervaluing those newly promoted in your organization. A leader’s role is not to be the smartest person in the room, of course, but how do we discount the history, experience,...

3 Ways to Manage a Boss Who Takes Credit

3 Ways to Manage a Boss Who Takes Credit

You finally found it! You have the most brilliant solution to the most complicated of problems and you pop into your boss’s office to share your triumph. The boss is in agreement. The idea is brilliant and should be shared with the entire team at the next meeting. The...

Are We Talkin’ Transparent, Authentic, or Rude?

Are We Talkin’ Transparent, Authentic, or Rude?

There is regular confusion among these terms and what is authentic to one person can sound a bit strong to another. What appears to be a leader’s transparent message can come across to some as if he lost his filter. But, how does a leader know the difference? How does...

Do They See It?

Do They See It?

Visual GPS systems do a brilliant job of showing the traveler both the route and the destination. Does your leadership? Employees, teams, and leaders struggle to advance toward the goal or destination if there’s no clear vision, much less, some short of charted path...

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