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  • Trust Me, You’ll Be Fine!  | by Chip Bell

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    Trust Me, You’ll Be Fine! | by Chip Bell

    Guest Post by Chip Bell I was scared… really scared. It was going to be a half-mile walk home alone in the pitch dark and I was seven years old. I was helping my grandfather with a project that ended up going until dark. I called my dad to come get me and he suggested […] The post Trust Me, You...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Dialogue Bridges the Divide

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    Dialogue Bridges the Divide

    We had not discussed politics since the election, treading warily with each other, neither of us wanting to trigger an unpleasant scene. But tension was just under the surface and seeping out in other forms. Since the US presidential election, many people have experienced tension with a close f...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Master Your Brain’s Response to Stress for Leadership Success

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    Master Your Brain’s Response to Stress for Leadership Success

    I’m delighted to host this guest post by one of my favorite authors, psychologist Dr. Melanie Greenberg, in honor of the release of her excellent new book The Stress-Proof Brain. In her post, she explains how our brains produce and control stress and shares three proven techniques that help you...

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    April 19, 2017

  • 15 Things Leaders Can Manage (and One They Can’t)

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    15 Things Leaders Can Manage (and One They Can’t)

    15 Things Leaders Can Manage Things Leaders Can Manage (and Should) 1. Focus and Attention You can manage what you put your attention on. You can focus strategically on where you’re going, or you can focus on short-term fires and go from crisis to crisis. 2. Priorities In areas where you have a...

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    April 19, 2017

  • The Dog that Rarely Bites: A Leadership Lesson

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    The Dog that Rarely Bites: A Leadership Lesson

    Guest Post by Timothy R. Clark, author of Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, and Authority   When a dog bites, word gets out. You stay away and keep away. There’s no discussion or negotiating with the dog; you simply avoid the animal. How about a friendly dog?...

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    April 19, 2017

  • How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

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    How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

    Let’s set aside the boring debate about managers vs. leaders for a moment and take a look at daily life for most managers in organizations. The reality is that middle managers provide real leadership all the time. Although some middle managers think their job is to manage people, in my post 15 ...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Clear Values Are a Business Imperative

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    Clear Values Are a Business Imperative

    It’s springtime! The trees are beginning to bud, and soon they will be in full bloom. I am reminded of the “great tree service debacle” several years ago. We had several beautiful trees that required spraying to ward off disease and bugs. Our tree service would come about four times during the ...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Why You’re So Lousy at Problem Solving

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    Why You’re So Lousy at Problem Solving

    Guest Post by Nat Greene Humans have done a good enough job solving problems throughout the ages–otherwise we would not have made it to 7 billion people on the planet. Bravo. But countless problems still plague humankind. Some are problems in your life, like staying healthy or managing relation...

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    April 19, 2017

  • 25 Powerful Coaching Questions to Get Where You Want to Go

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    25 Powerful Coaching Questions to Get Where You Want to Go

    Coaching is not just for problems. Coaching helps you avoid problems by providing space to think and be more intentional about your goals and actions. And coaching is especially helpful for getting clarity on where you want to go. Working with a coach gives you: • Space for self-reflection • Fr...

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    April 19, 2017

  • The Shadow Side of Leadership

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    The Shadow Side of Leadership

    Once you’ve been in a leadership role for awhile, you develop a leadership style that is comfortable. You begin to relax in that role, feeling you are at the top of the learning curve and confident that you know how to be a leader. Beware! This is the slipperiest spot on the slope. You can get ...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Criticism, Boundaries and Useful Feedback

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    Criticism, Boundaries and Useful Feedback

    Larry was clearly angry. Carl had used his tools (again) without asking, and even worse, hadn’t returned them (again). Larry told me he had given Carl some “tough feedback.” He told Carl that he was self-centered and insensitive, and in the future he needed to ask for permission before borrowin...

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    September 30, 2016

  • Accuracy on the Internet: The Price of Freedom is Personal Responsibility

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    Accuracy on the Internet: The Price of Freedom is Personal Responsibility

    The Internet is one of the final frontiers. Untamed and unregulated, it offers huge opportunity for individual freedom in exploration and communication. With a smartphone, you have access to anything you want to know at all times. However, the price of this great freedom is increased personal r...

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    September 30, 2016

  • How to Easily Evaluate the Quality of Research

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    How to Easily Evaluate the Quality of Research

    A lot of numbers are thrown at us everyday by people who want to convince us to agree with them. A good study adds credibility to the point being made. But not all studies are credible. In The Price of Freedom is Personal Responsibility, I shared tips and tools to help verify the information yo...

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    September 30, 2016

  • Growth occurs at the edge of your comfort zone

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    Growth occurs at the edge of your comfort zone

    Thursday Thoughts: Too much time in the safety of your comfort zone leads to stagnation. Too much time outside your comfort zone is anxiety-producing. If you want to grow, dance along the edge of your comfort zone. Take a step over every once in awhile, and then come back to relax and integrate...

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    September 9, 2016

  • A definition of leadership for these pressing times

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    A definition of leadership for these pressing times

    It’s pretty common these days to hear complaints about lack of leadership, poor leadership, and disappointment with those who are in leadership roles. In a recent World Economic Forum survey, 86% of the respondents reported they believe there is a leadership crisis in the world today. But with ...

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    August 31, 2016

  • A Leadership Conundrum: Unexpected Sources of Leadership

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    A Leadership Conundrum: Unexpected Sources of Leadership

    Leadership is not something you can provide. The definition of provide is “to offer, give, supply, or make available for use.” You can provide food, shelter, and even sympathy. But leadership is not a matter of simply “offering” or “providing.” For leadership to occur, a response is required. L...

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    August 31, 2016

  • How to Bridge the Generation Gap in the Workplace

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    How to Bridge the Generation Gap in the Workplace

    Guest post by Dan Negroni The generation gap in the workplace appears daunting. All sorts of reports describe how huge it is. But bridging the generation gap is not as difficult as it might seem. Real leaders already know how to effectively manage millennials. How? Because what millennials want...

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    August 31, 2016

  • Why Smart People Make Dumb Decisions

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    Why Smart People Make Dumb Decisions

    Did you ever find your self in a mess and wonder how you got there? There’s no guarantee your decisions are always going to be good ones. Too much is unpredictable. However, many of us have had the experience of looking back on a situation and thinking “I should have known better. The warning s...

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    August 15, 2016

  • Successful leaders understand true power

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    Successful leaders understand true power

      Thursday Thoughts: Successful leaders understand that true power comes, not from exercising control, but from empowering others.   *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       […] The post Successful leaders understand true power appeared first on Seapoint Center fo...

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    August 15, 2016

  • 2016 ConantLeadership Award

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    2016 ConantLeadership Award

    I was honored to receive the 2016 ConantLeadership Award Click here to read about the award and my response to their questions: 1. Top tips you would give to a leader who is looking to deliver results in a quality way? 2. A lesson you learned from a crucible moment in your career that might hel...

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    July 27, 2016

  • Q&A with Jesse Stoner on Challenges Facing Leaders Today

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    Q&A with Jesse Stoner on Challenges Facing Leaders Today

    I was recently on a panel looking at the future of leadership. Here are my thoughts on how leaders can face today’s challenges in a way that prepares organizations for the future. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing leaders today? One challenge is the speed of change and how to ...

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    July 27, 2016

  • 10 Awful Truths Every Leader Needs to Know

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    10 Awful Truths Every Leader Needs to Know

    You might get away with ignoring these truths for the short term. You can rally people with charisma and through fear for the short term. But if you care about the long term, to successfully face today’s challenges, leaders need to know how to deal with these 10 truths. 1. You can’t go back. It...

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    July 27, 2016

  • It’s Time to Take a Stand for a #TrueLeaderCreed

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    It’s Time to Take a Stand for a #TrueLeaderCreed

    The news these days is filled with disturbing accounts of bad leadership behavior. The current U.S. elections have been particularly contentious… with attacks on the personal instead of the issues… reinforcing fear instead of articulating a vision for the country. This is not True Leadership. L...

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    July 12, 2016

  • Self-disclosure, Leadership and Trust

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    Self-disclosure, Leadership and Trust

    One of the leadership dimensions that often gets marked lowest on 360 assessments is the one related to “disclosing information about self.” When reviewing assessment results with coaching clients, I have noticed that those who are rated low on this trait are often confused. Either they think t...

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    July 12, 2016

  • Caught in Team Drift? Consider Honorable Closure

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    Caught in Team Drift? Consider Honorable Closure

    Has your team’s performance fallen off lately? Was it once exciting to be part of the team, and lately you find you’re not having fun? Perhaps your team has succumbed to team drift. In my Harvard Business Review article, “Diagnose and Cure Team Drift,” I explain how to revitalize a formerly hig...

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    July 12, 2016

  • The 4 Decision Styles: When to Involve Others in Decisions

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    The 4 Decision Styles: When to Involve Others in Decisions

    You face countless decisions each day and must determine which to make on your own and when to involve others. This is true no matter what your role or level, whether you are CEO, a project leader, or a team member. How do you know when to involve others in decisions? Most people are guided by ...

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    July 12, 2016

  • How to Write a Blog People Want to Read

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    How to Write a Blog People Want to Read

    This is the 5th anniversary of my blog! With over a half million views last year and near the top of almost every list of best leadership blogs, it has been successful beyond anything I had imagined. I am passing along the biggest the lessons I’ve learned. In this post, I focus on the biggest d...

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    July 12, 2016

  • Three Blogging Essentials

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    Three Blogging Essentials

    After five years of writing my weekly leadership blog, I have taken some time to reflect on what has contributed to its success. These are my major lessons learned on how to establish a blog that people want to read. Three Blogging Essentials 1. Content, content, content. Without a doubt, conte...

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    July 12, 2016

  • 5 Questions to Surface Your Leadership Beliefs

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    5 Questions to Surface Your Leadership Beliefs

    What you don’t see CAN hurt you. . . and your team. Unexamined beliefs can undermine your good intentions. Here are five questions to help surface some important leadership beliefs and to consider how well your actions reflect them. 1. What do you stand for? What do you care deeply about? When ...

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    July 12, 2016

  • The 4 Dimensions of Trust

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    The 4 Dimensions of Trust

    Trust is like a bank account. You start a new relationship with a certain amount of trust, and then over time you add to that account to build a solid foundation. And like a bank account, it can be emptied overnight if you’re not careful about your investment. Why does it matter? Trust is the [...

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    May 20, 2016

  • Charlotte Ashlock

    Jesse Lyn Stoner commented on Charlotte Ashlock's blog post How to Get Insane Numbers of Blog Comments

    I'm honored that you reached out for my thoughts, Charlotte. As I told you when you asked, I wasn't sure what the "secret sauce" is, but you do a beautiful job weaving my thoughts, Robs, and your own, and I think you have pulled together some helpful ideas. I especially apprecaite  your last sent... ...Read more

    November 22, 2015

  • Charlotte Ashlock

    Jesse Lyn Stoner commented on Charlotte Ashlock's blog post The Hunger for Powerlessness

    Well-said, Charlotte. You help illuminate what Marianne Williamson meant when she said,  "It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

    October 21, 2015

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