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Dictator Leadership Styles

Leadership Styles: The Dictator

Throughout history, dictators have been given a bad rap. To get something done on a large scale, quickly and efficiently, a dictatorial leadership style is the way to go. When dictators make decisions, they are straightforward, efficient and effective. Quite often they bring order to chaos and promise something for everyone. An examination of several… Read More

Employee Engagement

3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report says that 70% of U.S. workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work.  This disengagement costs businesses roughly $500 billion dollars annually in lost productivity.  For those workers, work is not something they enjoy; rather it is a means to survival.  Like a bad relationship… Read More

Employee Engagement is about Culture

5 Ways to Improve Ownership, Engagement, and Accountability in Today’s Workforce

I’m often confronted with the question of ownership, engagement, and accountability in today’s workforce.  Some challenge, mostly those from earlier generations, predominantly Baby Boomers (1946-1964), whether or not our younger generations like Generation X (1965-1979) and MIllennials (also known as Generation Y, 1980-2000) have the drive to be engaged at work, let alone, become “owners… Read More

Silent Evidence

The Power of Silent Evidence

Throughout my career, I have worked at everything from a mom and pop operation and a government entity to a major corporation. Each environment presented different challenges, some unique and others just the opposite. One experience shared among them all was the overlooking of silent evidence that gave a true picture of events. In his… Read More

Lions and Leadership

The Five Leadership Essentials

I love NBA coach, Doc Rivers, and his leadership style that embodies essential leadership traits. Several years ago, he adopted the South African rallying cry “Ubuntu,” when bringing his team together after several losing seasons and adding a pair of high-profile players to his roster. Loosely translated, Ubuntu means, “I am because we are.” It… Read More