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One Simple Tool For Controlling Loudmouths In Your Team Meetings

Have you ever been in one of those team meetings, virtual or face-to-face, where a few big personalities just dominate the space? They usually talk louder than everyone else, and if the boss or team leader isn’t speaking, all you hear are their thoughts, their ideas, their yeas and their nays. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 February, 2017 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Style of Change Management?

Posted by Mark Murphy on 02 February, 2017 Change Management, Leadership Skills, Quizzes | 1 comment | Read more →

Try Coaching Instead Of Managing When Employees Bring You Problems

We’ve all had the situation when an employee walks into our office with a problem they want us to solve (or dozens of problems they want solved). Maybe they walk into our office and say, “I need your help boss, that other division won’t respond to my emails about giving me the data I need to finish my report.” And then they stand there waiting for us to solve that problem.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 01 February, 2017 Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

The Player-Coach Philosophy That Has Nasdaq's Leaders Invested

I regularly see leaders struggling to balance ‘leading’ and ‘doing.’ How much should leaders engage with employees and inspire them to produce great stuff? And how much should leaders roll up their sleeves and produce great stuff themselves? It’s the $64,000 question...
Posted by Mark Murphy on 26 January, 2017 Forbes, Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Leadership Style?


What's your leadership style? Are you like a tech CEO or a world leader? More like Steve Jobs or Gandhi? Is your leadership style creative or rigid? People first or goals first? Take this Leadership Styles Assessment and see what kind of leadership style you have!
Posted by Mark Murphy on 11 January, 2017 Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles, Quizzes | 51 comments | Read more →

Video: Dealing With Difficult People - Drama Queens

Dealing With Difficult People: Drama Queens
We've all had to work with drama queens and drama kings, and dealing with difficult people can be incredibly frustrating. But there is a very simple way to calm down drama queens and kings. Four simple words: “Just the facts please.”

Posted by Mark Murphy on 03 January, 2017 Leadership Skills, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

Here's Why Employees Probably Don't Understand Your Vision

When I go into organizations and I ask the employees “tell me why your team exists?” the most frequent response I hear is “I don’t really know.” This certainly isn’t great news, but it does help clarify one of my recent research findings that only 23% of employees say their leader always communicates their vision clearly. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 28 December, 2016 Communication Skills, Forbes, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

5 Signs That You've Fallen Into The Trap Of Parent-Child Leadership

Today’s managers talk a lot about wanting employees to be more accountable and to act on their own initiative. And yet, those same managers turn around and say to employees: “I have to give you assignments; I have to give you feedback; I have to hold you accountable.” 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 December, 2016 Forbes, Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles | 0 comments | Read more →

Compliment Sandwich

One of the worst management techniques ever created is the Compliment Sandwich. The Compliment Sandwich was created as a way of giving somebody constructive criticism:
"Bob, you're just so talented. You're so smart. You might be the smartest person in the department. Your behavior...

2 Bad Lessons Employees Are Learning From Your High Performers

When I asked 5,000 plus employees from a wide spread of industries “Who teaches you more about the dos and don’ts on the job, the boss or your fellow employees?” The results were pretty shocking. 67% said they learn more by watching fellow employees. Now, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion, especially if you have a lot of high performers on your team, that this is a good thing.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 December, 2016 Forbes, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →
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