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Answering Post-COVID Work Arrangement Questions

I have created a form that you can use to answer the deeper, more important questions about returning to the office post-COVID. To do so, fill in your responses to the questions in column one. Your answers will point to the long-term outcomes you want to generate and the type of organization you want to…
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Are You Leading From Confidence or Fear?

There are likely times as a leader when you feel very confident in what you are doing. You have confidence in your skills, and those around you trust you. You cast a big vision for what you want to achieve, bring out the best in everyone, and deliver results that no one thought possible. Everything…
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7 Mindsets That Can Hold Leaders Back

This week’s video and tool provide you seven leadership obstacles and encourage you to think about the shift you need to make in order to address each one. Thinking through these challenges yourself and helping others complete the activity for themselves will go a long way toward improving leadership in your organization. Embracing the most…
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Compliance vs Commitment

If your people are performing based on commitment, that’s amazing. This is precisely the behavior you hope for and will help the organization deal with the next crisis or challenge. That’s a recipe for long-term success. If they are performing solely out of compliance, there’s a genuine chance that the behavior they are exhibiting could…
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4 Reasons Why You Should Step Up and Go All In

There have been numerous times throughout my career when I have chosen to step up and go all in. I can tell you that the experience was richer in each instance, opportunities increased, and memories remain strong.  
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How To Prepare For a Tough Conversation with Your Boss

Like any negotiation, successfully having tough conversations with your boss tarts long before you engage in discussion. Getting it right means that you work to truly RELATE to your boss’s needs, concerns, and interests. By RELATE, I mean that you follow my six-step process of Realize, Explore, Look, Ask, Think, and Engage Whether you welcome…
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3 Ways to Use a Tool

Tools are only helpful when they fix a problem or facilitate an improvement. Only then are they valuable. It’s with this in mind that Leddin Group creates and shares a new leadership tool every week. Over the last two years, we have provided leaders with well over 100 free tools. From the feedback we receive,…
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3 Steps to Aligning and Maximizing Your Roles

We often assume that the various roles we fulfill in life are naturally at odds with one another – to do well in one role, we must make a withdraw from another. That isn’t necessarily true. Look to align your roles with who you are as a person and you will achieve amazing and surprising…
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Meeting Team Member Needs

We all want to be valued. Use this worksheet to determine how well you are meeting those needs for your people. Write your team members names in the left column. For each person identify if you believe they are being seen, heard, valued, and acknowledged. In the ‘how do you know’ column explain why you…
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Are You Building A Team That Is Worth Building?

Are you on track to build the team you want to build? I once had a beagle named Dolly. She was the sweetest dog. Dolly never met a stranger as she quickly made friends with everyone. When she was excited, she would produce an endearing little squeak that became her trademark. Dolly was near perfect,…
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The DESIGN Process

We’ve created a tool to help you to DESIGN better solutions. DESIGN stands for: Describe, Explore, Search, Implement, Gather, Nurture. Read more about the tool and watch the video here. Download a PDF version below.
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What Do Your People Need From You?

Over the course of the last year, employee expectations have changed. Here’s your chance to explore and act on what your team members need from you.
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Create a Fully Integrated Team (FIT)

Use this tool to reflect on each of your team members in order to create a Fully Integrated Team. Write down each team members strengths and struggles. Annotate whether you would rehire each person or not based on both their performance and alignment to the organization’s values. Consider if they are in the right role…
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3 Ways to Tackle a Challenge

We tackle challenges differently, understanding this is key to be a successful leader.  Watch this video and the put the tool to use with your team. Read more here.
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How to Add Valuable Friction

Friction in business is often considered a bad thing. Business experts extol the virtues of removing friction from sales, manufacturing, and customer service processes. This makes sense as you don’t want to slow down a sale, reduce the number of items moving through the production facility, or cause customers to wait too long for an…
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Team Tradition Assessment

We’ve created a tool and video to help you to assess your team’s traditions. They give you the chance to consider if the tradition aligns with your organization’s values and supports your goals, or if some traditions may be unexpectedly holding you and others back from doing something better together. You can read more about why we…
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Radical Idea Worksheet

Many of us have mad, crazy, even radical ideas. And by many of us, I mean you. Over time, you learn to push these ideas to the side saying that they are unrealistic or undoable. Your pragmatic self wins the day and the idea is put to bed. Yes, it may pop-up in your mind…
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4 Keys to Winning If You Are an Underdog

We have all had underdog moments. These are times when the odds are stacked against us, we find ourselves ill prepared, or see a long uphill battle in front of us.
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Discover Your Purpose Worksheet

Use this tool and video to explore your talents, inner voice, and passion. In doing so, you may find answers to some big questions and decide to take action. Who knows? As a result of putting the tool to use, you might choose to: Recommit to doing your very best at your current job. Start…
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Places Worth Exploring Worksheet

Asking questions and listening can provide you tremendous insights about your people, customers, competition, and more. This week’s tool is designed to help you to identify a few places worth exploring. Doing so will increase your understanding of others, inform your thinking, and generate empathy. These lessons and more are critical to becoming the leader…
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Four Dimensions Assessment

As a whole person, you consist of four dimensions: mind, heart, body, and spirit. Here’s your chance to assess how you are doing in each area and to put a game plan in place to improve.  Do these three things: Watch the video Download a PDF of the tool (see below) Read the article to…
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What Does Accuracy Mean to Your Team?

Imagine for a moment that a new coffee shop is being built in your town. It seems perfect. You love coffee; you drive by the location every day, and the new store will have is a drive-thru. Could it get any better? You watch the shop’s construction and look forward to your first cup of…
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Find Your Inner Genius Tool

If you want to better understand your genius and learn more about the value that you bring to your work and to the world, watch this video and then put the tool into action.
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Assess Your Path Canvas

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Tool: Allow Yourself To Riff

2020 taught many of us how to play new riffs, try new melodies, and remain on our toes. Build on these skills. You might long to fall back into some familiar tunes, but remember that you’ve come so far, learned so much, and figured out a lot about yourself and others. Keep that momentum. There…
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Tool: Capture Your Wins

All too often we get so caught up in doing that we fail to reflect on all that we have already done. Don’t miss the chance to capture your wins (big or small), as the lessons learned and the energy released will help to refuel your fire. Download a PDF of the Capture Your Wins…
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4 Lego Building Blocks for Your Organization.

Since inception, Lego has produced over 650 billion pieces. That’s nearly 93 blocks for every person on the planet. They’ve also manufactured 4 billion lego mini figures – one small Lego ‘person’ for every 1.75 people on earth. Ten years ago, Lego was struggling on every financial front and headed toward ruin; however, they turned…
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5 Things to Look For in a Job Candidate

Imagine that you are interviewing for a leadership role. You’ve studied the position, looked into organizational challenges and opportunities, and conducted a couple of mock interviews. You settle into the chair and I enter the room and introduce myself. During the interview, I’m looking for several things to suggest that you are a good fit…
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Check-in Checklist

I recently started asking guests on the Leadership Lab podcast about what leaders can do to best support their people during uncertain times. The overwhelming response: “check-in regularly with your people.”  Below is a free PDF tool to help you conduct great one-on-ones.  You can read more about the concept here.
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3 Key Career Choices

Changing lanes isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it can shake things up and reenergize yourself or your team. That said, it should be a deliberate decision based not on emotion, but reflection and introspection. If you decide that the lane you’re in isn’t getting you, your team, and your organization to the right place…
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5 Barriers to Teamwork

By asking every person on your team to answer these five key questions, you will help them to determine how they can make their highest contributions to the team and the organization
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4 Leader Behaviors for Uncertain Times

In times of uncertainty, leaders can truly help their team and organization by putting four behaviors into practice. This tool is designed to help you to remember and act on these key actions. Download a PDF version of the tool using the image below.
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4 Trust Building Choices

Let’s be clear. Giving people choices is a good thing. Giving people a voice in creating those choices can be a great thing. In the face of dealing with choices, great leaders make 4 great choices.  Read this article to understand more about the concept.  Download the PDF (below) as it is perfect for printing,…
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7 Keys to Effectively Giving Your Boss Feedback

Giving your boss feedback can be tough. While some leaders are open to learning and listening, others are far less receptive. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel compelled to provide your boss feedback, here are seven keys to more effectively delivering the message. Below is a PDF suitable for sharing with…
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6 Behaviors of Highly Successful Mentors

Effectively mentoring someone is an honor. It can be terribly fulfilling, but it takes effort, preparation, and some well-honed skills. This tool highlights 6 behaviors of effective mentors. Use it to assess your current efforts and as a guide to help you to get better. The behaviors are: Motivator Coach Counselor Teacher / Advisor Sponsor…
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5 Reasons to Craft Your Team’s Purpose

Have you taken the time to craft a purpose statement for your team? If not, perhaps these 5 reasons to do it will get you moving in the right direction.  Listen to an expert on purpose, Brad White of Brighthouse a BCG Company, as he shares his thoughts on finding and putting to use your…
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Create a Culture of Owners

Who washes a rental car? No one. Why? We don’t own rental cars. If you want to increase employee engagement, give your team members something to own. It can be a project, an initiative, a decision, a workspace, etc., but give it to them and let them own it. Here are six great reasons to…
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5Ps Leading Teams to Top Results: Quick Team Assessment

Whether you aspire to lead people, are early on your role as a team leader, or have been leading teams for years, I strongly recommend you check out this tool. In working on the ground teams around the world, we’ve learned that the best team leaders and team members are clear on five key areas:…
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5 Workplace Etiquette Behaviors to Help You to Win at Work

Joining a new workplace, at any age, can be daunting! Here are 5 quick and easy workplace etiquette tips. Although simple, and seemingly straightforward, these 5 things are often forgotten or overlooked in the rush of beginning a new role. Read more in this article. Download a PDF of the 5 workplace etiquette behaviors perfect…
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Health and Fitness Checklist for the Business Traveler

Traveling for leisure or for work can complicate our healthy habits and wellness routines for a myriad of reasons – our sleep schedule is different, planes are germy, we don’t have our normal “stuff” quite as accessible, and it feels like our daily routine has gone out the window. However, if you are traveling for…
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4 Ugly Truths that Great Leaders Know about Good Ideas

GREAT leaders know 4 UGLY truths about GOOD ideas. Are you aware of them? Here’s a tool to help you to learn and apply them. Download a pdf version below that is perfect for printing, posting, and sharing! Read more about these ideas here.
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6 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn Over Lunch

Might I suggest you take a lunch away from the office this week. Put away the cell phone and any other distractions and just spend some time observing. Why? Well, you never know what leadership lessons you can learn from a change of venue. One afternoon, I stepped away from the office and walked to…
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5 Key Programs to Create STAR Performers

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Create a Culture of Quitters for Your Team

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Smart Leaders Make 4 Wise Investments

Busyness can be costly. It consumes time, energy, and motivation with little concern over how these resources are expended. It also steals your ability to invest in four key areas. Download this free pdf that is perfect for posting and sharing.
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Smart Leaders Seek and Listen to These 3 Voices

The higher a leader gets in an organization, the harder it is to get authentic feedback.  My experience suggests that this is a very true statement and that the problem isn’t isolated to senior executives.  It can appear from the very moment you take your first formal leadership role. To mitigate this challenge, I suggest that you…
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10 Ways to Make Work a Winnable Game

Within each of us there seems to be a ‘game on’ switch that is hardwired in our DNA.  For some of us the switch is more easily flipped than for others. When activated in the workplace, this switch can dramatically increase employee engagement. To throw the switch and drive engagement, leaders must make work a winnable game.…
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How Your Next Great Idea Can Hurt You as a Leader

Sometimes a leader will start an initiative with the best of intentions, but lack the resources, focus, or energy to see it to fruition. These are projects that seemed like a good idea in the moment, but they never should have started in the first place. They are the ones where not only is the initiative…
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Making 5 Choices that Can Change Everything Application Guide

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4 Ideas to Building Real Trust on a Virtual Team

Building a high trust team is tough, especially when you work virtually.  Use this tool to help you and your virtual team to move things in the right direction. If you want to learn more about how to build trust, check out my podcast interview with the author of the NYT Bestseller The Speed of…
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5 Addictions that Great Leaders Avoid

Here are 5 leader addictions that can leave you and your people feeling frustrated, exhausted, and unfulfilled. Great leaders avoid them to the benefit of their people. Below is a PDF version of the tool. It’s suitable for printing, posting, and sharing!
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Engaging the World’s Most Powerful Consumers Application Guide

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Assessing Your Loyalty in the Face of a Gig Economy

We are seeing unprecedented changes in how people and organizations accomplish work in the gig economy. In many ways, what is old is new again as people are bucking a century old practice of taking a full-time job at a a big company and embracing new relationships. Contract part-time, and short-term agreements are the rage…
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5 Groovy Leadership Ideas

This week, HGTV premiered A Very Brady Renovation. The show is built around the home that served as the facade for the Brady Bunch television series. Producers bought the home and are now working with the 6 Brady kids (50 years later) to renovate the home to reflect on the inside the set that was…
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A Great IDEA to Help Create Engagement

There is a strong likelihood that your organization has a process in place for individual contributors to establish annual performance goals. My experience suggests that there is an equally strong possibility that your process falls a bit short. – Sometimes we overcomplicate things leaving employees feeling compelled to complete the process regardless of its value.…
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6 Questions to Help Your Team to Determine Priorities

Your team has limited resources. Your team members have different perspectives of what’s most important. Your environment is constantly changing and with those changes come new opportunities and threats. Given these realities, it’s critical that leaders and teams work together to clearly determine their top priorities. Use these six questions as you work with your…
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Why Do You Choose to Lead Worksheet

Regardless of the type of work you do and who is (or isn’t) on your team, the job of being a leader starts with you. This is why you should invest time to evaluate how well you are doing at the job of leading yourself and leading others. And, of equal importance, evaluating why you…
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How is Your Negotiation Approach Working for You?

Whether you recognize it or not, you negotiate everyday. It can be in small ways: – who will work what schedule this week – what project tasks you own – where you eat dinner with friends It can be in big ways too: – how much you will pay for your next car – will…
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Explore Your Organization’s Culture

This poster is designed to remind you of both the need to explore your organization’s culture and some terms to help you do that. Read about each term in this article. Below is a pdf perfect for printing, posting, and sharing.
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5 Communication Choices of Great Leaders

Use this simple graphic tool to remind you of the 5 key communication choices you should make to be a more effective leader. Below is a PDF version to download, print, post, and share with others.  Read more about these choices here.
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5 Tips for Writing Effective Emails

In the era of remote workers and overly full calendars, many of our workplace interactions are reduced to email threads. Regardless of the recipient, keep these 5 tips in mind next time you compose an email.  This tool is designed for you to print, post, and share.  You can read more about these 5 tips…
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4 Keys to Winning When You are an Underdog

At some point, we all find ourselves in the position of underdog with the odds stacked against us. It’s during those times that we can benefit for doing 4 key things. This tool explains each key through a series of questions designed to take you from underdog to top dog. Here’s a PDF tool that…
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8 Culture Building Questions

If you want to create a culture that fosters engagement, here are eight culture building questions to get you started. Answer these questions on your own. Ask your team members to answer them too. Then, get together and have a conversation about culture you have, the own you collectively want, and the gap you need…
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Exploring the Power of a Multiplier – Podcast #3 Application Tool

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5 Highly Effective Organizational Practices that Every Leader Should Embrace

This tool provides leaders and teams 5 highly effective organizational practices. Use this tool to assess how well you are doing in each of these 5 areas as you work to build an effective culture. Here are the 5 practices: 1: Find the Organization’s Voice 2: Develop & Execute Strategy 3: Unleash & Engage People…
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Questions to Avoid the Lawnmower Leader Trap

Being a lawnmower leader can hold your people back. Don’t get us wrong. A leaders job is to remove obstacles, but not every obstacle. Leaders should help their people, but not do the work for them. The difference can be subtle at times, but the impact is huge.  You can read our article on not…
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7 Gifts that Great Leaders Give to Their People

If you want to give  your team a gift of true value, give them the gift of a great leader.  No, this gift isn’t wrapped in a fancy package. There is no one moment of surprise as the ribbon is untied. This gift is parceled out in small ways, everyday. It won’t break the bank…
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25 Item Mentorship Assessment

Great mentors take the time to reflect on their strengths and work to improve shortcomings.  This 25 item assessment provides you a chance to reflect on your mentorship abilities and to identify opportunities to get better. Below is a PDF version that you can download, use, and share.
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Thriving in the Face of Scarcity – Podcast #5 Application Tool

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8 Behaviors of Highly Abundant Leaders

Dare to be an abundant leader. Use this tool to consider your mindset and actions. Ask yourself if others see these behaviors in you? Download, use, and share a PDF of the tool (see below).
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Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals – Podcast #4 Application Tool

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How to Drop a Few Nonproductive Tasks

Use this flowchart to think through your habits and consider dropping a few nonproductive practices. As you complete each of the seven steps on the chart, simply check them off as complete. Here’s a PDF version to download and use.
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5 Behaviors of Win-Win Negotiators

Both Jamie and Patrick teach Negotiation classes at Vanderbilt University. We thought you might be interested in learning five key behaviors of win-win negotiations. Use these whether you are negotiating your next employment arrangement or trying to pick a restaurant with a friend for dinner. Below is a PDF version of the tool.  Print it, share…
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Resume Words that Work

If you are working on your resume, might we suggest you keep this tool handy?  It provides 172 resume words that work. Download a PDF version below.
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6 Behaviors of a Successful Protégé

You found yourself a mentor; here’s how to ensure you are a successful protégé.  After all, it isn’t just a one-way street. It takes two to have a successful mentoring relationship.  Here’s a tool to get you started. Below is a downloadable version of the tool.
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Engaging the Passion and Potential of Your People

Use this tool to assess whether you are engaging the passion and potential of your people. The tool is best used in conjunction with this Leddin Group article. Below is a downloadable copy of the PDF.
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How to Leave an Effective Voicemail

Have you ever left a voicemail and thought to yourself, I wish I could do that again?  You don’t get a second chance to get it right, so use this handy checklist before you pick up the phone. Download a PDF of the tool below.
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4 Consistent Causes of Inconsistent Performance

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8 Behaviors of Successful Creatives

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A Strategic Framework, the PIE Chart

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6 Ways to be Invaluable at Work

How well are you doing at making yourself invaluable at work? Here are six ways to get you there.
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Enhancing Your Personal Brand

Here are four items to work on in order to enhance your personal brand. Learn more about your personal brand in our podcast interview with Seth Godin.
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4 Key Questions to Create Customer Centric Teams

Here are four customer centric questions that you and your team should work to answer.
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5 Ps Leading Teams to Top Results

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8 Self-Reflection Questions Every Leader Should Answer

Great leaders take time for self-reflection to ask themselves and honestly answer these eight questions. Click here for an article that shares more on the subject.
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Understanding Your Core Competencies

Use this tool to get to thinking about your core competencies and the unique value that you bring to your work.
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A Tool to Help You Set and Accomplish Goals

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8 Tactical and Practical Steps to Assess and Change Your Daily Routine

Have you ever found yourself crazy busy doing stuff, but failing to accomplish things that truly matter most? You’re not alone. At times, we all get caught up in the “thick of things.”  A simple way to get back on track is to look at your daily habits and commit to making small changes. After…
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5 Behaviors of True Win-Win Negotiators Graphic

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Money Questions

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A Few Ideas to Create Effective Meetings

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4 Customer-Centric Questions

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