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Leadership Skills

Don’t just be a boss — be a leader. Maximize your leadership skills in the five most crucial areas: decision making, executive coaching, leadership training, strategic management and understanding your leadership style.

Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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Read any good books lately? Maybe the next one you ought to pick up is your organization’s own policy and procedures handbook. If I were to quiz you about it right now, could you score 100%? If not, as one court recently warned, a judge may just... throw the book at you!

It’s a myth that good work makes a good career—rather, good office politics makes a good career, says career columnist Penelope Trunk. Here’s are four common-sense rules to follow. They'll make people want to work with you, and boost your credibility and influence in the process.

Research from the University of Victoria shows that most people hold regret in high regard, partly because it helps them make sense of things and fix them. In a weird way, it also feels good. Advances in neuroscience show that we learn better with an emotional connection. Regret may help us grow. Three guidelines on using regret:

In exploring whether your company should sign a contract with a supplier in another country, you’re working with a foreign intermediary. But things are starting to smell ...
Ask 100 CEOs for the weakest link in their leadership skills and more than half will probably admit, “I should listen better.” Why is it so hard for powerful people to listen?
More than 60 years ago, managers at Toyota, the Japanese car company, devised an ingeniously simple technique, later known as the "Five Whys", to fix problems in its manufacturing process. The same approach can help you lead teams to identify solutions.
Two years after Stephen P. Kaufman joined Arrowhead Electronics, he sought to improve the company's inventory management system. Outside consultants recommended changes ... that backfired.

Boorish behavior and vulgar words are on the rise in U.S. workplaces. In fact, 38% of women say they’ve heard inappropriate sexual innuendoes and taunts in the workplace—up from 22% the year before. Such behavior can crush morale and increase turnover. Advice: Adopt a civility policy separate from your harassment policy.

It’s tough to manage people who hate making decisions. Your patience may wane as these worrywarts skirt issues.

If you’ve never had an official marketing plan, 2010 is the year to get one! The key to growing your business in a tighter market is to create a solid marketing plan and put it into action month by month. But how do you put a good plan into action given the constraints on your time and budget? Start by answering these six effort-focusing, money-saving questions:

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