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How to Bridge the Leadership Perception Divide
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How to Bridge the Leadership Perception Divide

Leadership style has a huge impact on how employees feel and perform at work. And while many leaders may think they inspire innovation, creativity, collaboration and other traits that move the business forward, research shows their employees might well disagree. A July 2016 survey from VitalSmarts uncovered a huge gap between how management and employees view the company’s leadership style...

How to Keep Younger Team Members on Task Instead of Snapchat
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How to Keep Younger Team Members on Task Instead of Snapchat

Recent college graduates are jumping at opportunities for leadership, if not creating those opportunities themselves. That kind of energy can be an immense advantage in the workplace. But as you may already have noticed in your own office, that fire sometimes is misdirected. Today’s most promising young employees are competitive and driven. They have intense five-, 10- and...

It’s Time to Evaluate Your Leadership Development Program
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It’s Time to Evaluate Your Leadership Development Program

As an HR executive, Sarah realizes her company must review and identify opportunities to ensure the leadership development programs in place address the needs of her company today and tomorrow. Ensuring that current and emerging leaders are engaged, have the right skills and their development aligns with company strategy and objectives, have become Sarah’s most important...

4 Steps to Build Strategically Critical Leadership-Development Programs
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4 Steps to Build Strategically Critical Leadership-Development Programs

This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. Your business is growing and hiring people at an amazing rate. Customers love your product, and it’s gaining greater and greater attention. At the same time, you’ve noticed yourself growing ever more nervous...

Founders Need to Focus on These 4 Leadership Essentials
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Founders Need to Focus on These 4 Leadership Essentials

Many entrepreneurial efforts are the result of introspection, at least initially. A brilliant idea sure to change the world — or the kernel of one — is largely the result of the founder’s hours of consideration and early work. Other entrepreneurial ventures are borne of a need to change unfavorable circumstances. More individuals are growing dissatisfied with the...

A Good Entrepreneur Evolves Over Time
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A Good Entrepreneur Evolves Over Time

I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my life. I started an odd-jobs business in high school, founded a collectible comic-book business in college and launched my first capital-backed startup — an adventure-travel company — in my 20s. My entrepreneurial endeavors continue today. I’m in my late 40s, running Red Rocket, looking for groups to buy and advising hundreds...

Millennials and Their Employers Want the Same Thing. They Just Don’t Know it Yet.
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Millennials and Their Employers Want the Same Thing. They Just Don’t Know it Yet.

We’re in the midst of a significant generational shift that is changing the face of work.  Baby boomers are retiring in droves, while millennials, those born from the early 1980s to the year 2000, have become the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. With the exodus of senior-level employees, organizations worry about “brain drain” and...

Managers Who Create Growth Opportunities See Greater Employee Engagement
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Managers Who Create Growth Opportunities See Greater Employee Engagement

One of the most important factors in employee engagement is whether employees feel as if they have opportunities for growth and development. Those who grow are far more likely to engage than those who stagnate in their roles. Comparing and contrasting significant surveys of workers during two very different periods — though just seven years apart —...