Professional Development

Using SLII® Style Conversations to Align Leaders and Employees

As discussed in our previous blogs, Situational Leadership® II is a widely-used leadership model that gives leaders a framework for adapting their leadership style to the needs of individual employees. The basic premise is that leaders shouldn’t use a single style of leadership and expect the best results. Every person on your team is an…

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The Big Benefits of Situational Leadership® II

Developed by Ken Blanchard, Situational Leadership® II has become one of the most widely used leadership models in the world because it helps improve employee engagement and increase employee retention. The basic principal behind SLII® is simple: different situations call for different types of leadership, even with the same employee. And it makes a lot…

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Happy Employees
Why Should Leaders Encourage Rest and Restoration?

At the end of 2016, over half of all full-time American employees had seven unused vacation days. When most workers only get ten days to begin with, that means that a huge part of the workforce is working way too hard. Overwork leads to health problems, disengaged workers, and high turnover rates. On the other…

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professional development for leaders
The Real Cost of Poor Leadership

The leaders in your organization have probably had a certain way of doing things for quite some time. They (and perhaps you) are set in their ways, which you’ve always seen as fine, because the work gets done. But leadership is a muscle that requires stretching and training. If you simply accept your leadership practices…

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Here’s to You!

2015 is drawing to a close. That means it’s time to look back over the year and see just how much you’ve accomplished. Look over the projects you’ve completed, the places you’ve gone, the people you’ve met, and gain a better perspective on the year. You just might be surprised at just how much you’ve…

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Gratitude at Work
Making Gratitude a Habit

The most successful people are inevitably the people who understand that they couldn’t have achieved their successes on their own. Successful people are grateful to the role models who came before them, the mentors who coached them, the employees who helped them see their vision through, and the friends and family who supported them along…

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Thanking Employees
Want Your Employees to Be Happier? Express Gratitude!

Have you ever received a thank you card that didn’t put a smile on your face?  It’s human nature – we all like to be recognized for the things that we do. Recognition and gratitude make us feel like our actions have significantly more meaning and weight than they would if no one were paying…

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finding purpose at work
Career Goals Employees of All Generations Value

Finding meaning in your work isn’t a concern only for younger generations. A recent study done by the IBM Institute for Business Value looked at career goals for Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers and found an incredible amount of overlap amongst the generations. While many people believe that finding your passion at work is…

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Finding Meaning In Your Work
The Importance of Meaning and Purpose

Finding meaning in your work isn’t simply a nice perk. People who do a job simply because it pays the bills are generally much more disengaged than people who actively connect with the work that they are doing and who take pride in the results. Work that has no meaning or purpose feels like a…

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leadership training
Exploring the Possibility of Leadership Training

Ongoing professional training and education is essential to good leadership. Many leaders tend to feel like continuing education is either no longer necessary or too much of a time commitment for their busy professional lives, but there are a wide variety of leadership learning opportunities that can be extremely beneficial regardless of your current level…

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