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Make Executive Time Off an Actual Vacation

If you are like many successful executives and business professionals, you have a strong drive to set and accomplish objectives which is one of the main reasons you are successful. This drive can make it very easy to stay a couple extra minutes to finish something at the office or even steal a few moments to […]

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Navigate Three Forms of Office Politics

Office politics—these two words are often used with disdain when discussing the workplace. In fact, research over the last thirty years indicates that political behavior in the office is primarily perceived as negative by individuals and may evoke a sense of unfairness, deprivation and inequity. Political behavior has also been found to have a negative […]

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My Boss is a Piece of Work

“My boss is very bright but puts me in awkward situations by saying things that are not true. I am hesitant to bring this up, because he has a short fuse and responds by belittling me,” David explained. If you have not had at least one difficult boss, consider yourself fortunate. Just don’t assume that […]

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Lead Employees through M&A Integrations

Obtaining organizational growth and innovation through mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is still a common practice. According to the Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances, there are 40,000 announced M&As worldwide in 2015 with a total value of approximately $4 trillion. While M&As have been around for a while, the success rate for them is still lacking. Research […]

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Costs and Benefits of Leadership Team Humor

Is leadership team humor always humor? Take a look at a common example. Assume you are sitting in a leadership team meeting for a strategic business unit. The senior vice president sitting next to you makes a potentially humorous comment about the senior vice president sitting across the table. When the other team members (including […]

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Executive Disagreement without Resistance

As an executive, you have inevitably had disagreements with other executives who are peers or direct reports. These differences in perspective are natural parts of business relationships just like they are any other relationships. Research by CPP provides evidence of this with its finding that 85 percent of employees deal with disagreement on a regular […]

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Executive Credibility with the Board of Directors

Since I don’t have as much interaction with the board of directors as the CEO, how do I build my credibility with board members? If you have recently assumed the role of a corporate executive that is on the radar of the board (e.g., CISO, CFO or CIO), you have probably asked yourself this question […]

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Decrease Emotional Hijacks with Thresholds

As Steve stomped down the hall toward the office of the senior vice president (who also happened to be his boss), he was fuming due to a potential change in his responsibilities he had heard about through the grapevine. Once in his boss’s office, he went off on her about how things had changed since […]

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Establishing an Environment of Accountability

Perhaps you have heard some of these responses from employees at your organization: “I didn’t get it done, because I was buried.” “I didn’t know that’s what you wanted.” “They didn’t follow the process which made us miss the deadline.” Placing the blame on others, producing the wrong deliverable, missing a due date and not […]

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Is It Leadership Arrogance or Confidence?

Is it confidence or arrogance that you are seeing in your leaders? An actual example from leadership benchmarking work I did with international executives may help to answer this question. As I exited the elevator at a Fortune 500 company where I was scheduled to interview a leader I had not met, I heard someone […]

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