Leadership Resources

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How to tell your boss you disagree

It’s normal to shy away from disagreeing with your boss. You may think that doing so will make your manager perceive you negatively or trigger a defensive reaction. But most managers report that they don’t hear enough alternative points of view. To... read more

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How to get very different teams to collaborate

It’s easy to assume that because two teams are part of the same organisational culture, they share the same norms and values. But teams often have different ways of working, which can make collaboration a challenge. For example, one team may prefer to... read more

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How to get organisational culture on the agenda

Organisational culture can feel hard to control, which is why many leaders avoid deliberately creating it. But you can’t just let culture happen. In fact, organisations should be as intentional about culture as they are about strategy and business model... read more

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How to improve the behaviour in your next meeting

It’s helpful to start a meeting by agreeing on procedural rules, like “start on time and end on time” and “put phones on vibrate.” But ground rules that focus on behaviour, not just logistics, can help your meeting be even more successful. These rules... read more

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How to navigate political discussions at work

Talking about politics at work can be tricky: However strong your views are, you don’t want to alienate your coworkers. Here are some strategies for having a tactful, diplomatic dialogue. Focus on learning. Chances are, you’re not going to... read more

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How to help your team through times of crisis

National tragedies - mass shootings, hurricanes, suicide bombers - affect us all. A leader sets the emotional tone and the example both in good times and, perhaps more important, in bad. As a manager, how do you help people deal with their... read more

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How to get over your resistance to having difficult conversations

You can’t be an effective leader if you’re unwilling to have tough conversations from time to time. Whether you’re giving critical feedback to an underperformer or explaining why the team has been restructured, don’t avoid uncomfortable situations. It’s... read more

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How to structure your team meetings better

Let’s be honest: Most meetings are a waste of time, especially if they aren’t well designed. Next time you lead a team meeting, take the time to carefully structure it so that the duration and content align with the objective: Define the work... read more

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How to counteract a negative relationship with your manager

Everyone wants to feel respected by their manager, but over half of employees say they don’t. What do you do if you’re in that unfortunate majority? Try these three things: Manage your energy. Sleep, exercise, good nutrition, and stress... read more

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How to stop a meeting that just won't end

We’ve all been in meetings that seem like they go on and on and on. Instead of watching the clock, take matters into your own hands: Come prepared. You can avoid a chaotic, rambling conversation simply by showing up with a clearly articulated... read more