Leading a Remote Workforce (Part IV)

In one sense, leadership is the same in all scenarios. It’s about the heart more than the head. As one former boss and mentor of mine said, “It’s about winning and keeping people’s hearts.” Because that’s true, leading a remote workforce or a hybrid workforce is, on the one hand, doing the same things good…

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LEADING A HYBRID WORKFORCE PART I

The reactive (panicked) move to remote work that occurred in 2020 is about to replace by a return to normal…right? Wrong! The pandemic drove us out of the last months of the industrial view of work that said we all have to be in the factory, we all have to be in the office, we…

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When Leaders Fail

Contrary to much of the contemporary leadership literature, most leadership failures are not missing the objective, falling short of the goal, making a bad decision, or choosing a poor strategy. These are all business failures—and they do matter. But since leadership is about the heart, then leadership failures are, in fact, losing the heart or…

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15 Things About True Leaders

It’s true that anyone can claim they are a leader. Many bosses do but are not. Many managers do but are not. Many politicians do but are not. Here’s a list of things true leaders do that you can use to check the validity of your own claims. Leaders care more about the people they…

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ENOUGH LEADERS?

With all the talk, books, and training around leadership, I’d expect to see a plethora of truly excellent, life-impacting leaders in the world (or at least in my circles). Alas! Not so much. I hear lots of leadership language. I hear lots of leadership words. But what I see is simply boss behavior, boss character,…

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Are You a Leader Who Develops Leaders?

In my career, one of my proudest moments has always been when someone from my team is tapped for a bigger role, often outside of my sphere. I’ve heard people say, “How can you stand to lose her?” or “Wow, what a loss?” And truthfully, it does “hurt” the team for a bit but in…

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THINK TIME (Part 1)

I don’t even have to ask the rhetorical question, “Do you get enough think time?” We both know the answer. No! None of us does and we are the poorer because of it. The discipline of time set aside to think, to muse, to ideate is a thing of the past. Instead, we fill our…

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Leading a Remote Workforce—Reinforcing Community

Abraham Maslow, famous psychologist, made it very clear in the Hierarchy of Needs, that humans cannot achieve a higher level of existence or performance until the previous level of needs are met. The need for physical security being the base must be met before a person can advance; psychological security is next, followed by “belonging”…

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5 Key Things to Reinforce in a Hybrid Workforce

Leadership is always about the heart and in all circumstances. The COVID19 pandemic is no exception. Nor will it be any different when the virus is passed and we are left in a hybrid (remote/in-person) workforce. So what do you focus on to win, keep, and encourage hearts? Constantly reinforce culture. This is the way…

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Leading the Hybrid Workforce (Part 1)

The Pandemic of 2020 has presented leaders with one of the greatest challenges in history: how do you lead a team or a company where some people work from home, some people work in the office, and some people have one foot in both camps? Some companies have essentially declared a permanent WFH strategy; others…

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