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How to Say No Without Burning the Bridge

Many of us don’t like to say no to a co-worker or a boss, as we’re worried about damaging the relationship. That’s because it often feels synonymous with confrontation. Further, whether you are conflict-averse or conflict-ready, your counterpart may not always handle hearing ‘no’ the way you’d hoped. Some counterparts will try to “yes the no,” because they have

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Why Sandwich Approach Undermines Your Feedback

A “sandwich approach” for giving negative feedback to direct reports is a common method in which the negative feedback is sandwiched between two pieces of positive feedback. But this sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationship with your direct reports. First, let’s look at why leaders use this approach and why

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Giving Effective Feedback When Short on Time

Virtually all of the young executives want to be good managers and mentors; they just don’t have the time — or so they believe. It’s not easy to help your employees develop as you take advantage of every business opportunity. But you can make coaching easier on yourself, in part, by giving feedback efficiently. Once

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How companies can protect their high performers from burnout

A five-year study in the UK found that the mental health of 20% of the top performing leaders of UK businesses is affected by corporate burnout. It’s easy to blame burnout on the high performers themselves. After all, the stereotype is that these overachievers say yes to more work even when they’re already at capacity.

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Why Don’t We Make Time for Strategy?

Almost every leader wants to make more time for strategic thinking. In one survey of 10,000 senior leaders, 97% said that being strategic was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success. And yet in another study, a full 96% of the surveyed leaders said they lacked the time for strategic thinking. Of course, we’re

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How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work or a senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. So, what do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you? How do you decide, whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should you

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The Urgent vs. The Important

“I get completely caught up in fire-fighting and can’t find the time to advance my longer-term priorities.”-  It’s a common managerial wailing. We all have either used it ourselves or have heard people around us use it at work. The frustration one feels, when ‘the urgent’ crowds out ‘the important’ is something we all have

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When Being a Humble Leader Backfires

There is a paradox when it comes to what we expect in leaders. On one hand, we believe that effective leaders display humility — they bring out the best in others, are open to admitting their shortcomings and mistakes, and give appreciation and credit to their followers. On the other hand, there is no shortage of

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What is Employee Advocacy and how to use it for your brand

It is no longer just about good adverts, better promotion techniques, and passive communication with your consumers. The buzzword in the market is Consumer Engagement. The “Engagement Economy” signifies a strong change in the way marketers connect with their customers. The emphasis is on providing a customized and true experience that stems from conviction and

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Improving Self-Awareness: It is as Essential as a MBA for Leaders

Approximately 40% of CEOs are MBAs. Many large-scale studies have found that leadership based solely on MBA-trained logic, is not always enough for delivering long-term financial and cultural results, and it is often detrimental to an organization’s productivity. In one study, researchers compared the organizational performance of 440 CEOs – split into two groups: those with

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