Learning from Lincoln: How Our Greatest President Invited Difficult People to the Table

Some of the people we consider most “difficult” are those who see the world differently than us. Learning from Lincoln and his team of rivals could help.

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Getting the Best Out of a Difficult Work Relationship

Getting the best out of a difficult work relationship takes sensitivity, empathy, and a lot of discipline. Here are a few tips to make it work.

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What Jugglers Can Teach Us About Dealing with Difficult People

We’ve all struggled when dealing with difficult people at work. What if the key to success is focusing on improving our end of the communication?

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The Rare Skill of Disarming

When you find yourself in an explosive situation involving potentially destructive conversations with difficult people the smart move is to be disarming.

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Working With and Learning From Difficult People

When a co-worker is challenging, complex, or selfish it’s challenging. Rather than letting it frustrate us, we can celebrate learning from difficult people.

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What Meetings Do People Want to Attend? Design an Experience.

What meetings do people want? Too many organizers do not think about the answer to this question prior to scheduling a meeting. We need to design a better meeting experience.

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Stubbornness is Never a Good Leadership Trait or Virtue

Stubbornness is sometimes viewed as a positive leadership trait. It is not. Stubbornness becomes an excuse for self-centered, ineffective leadership.

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Why Great Leadership Matters More than a Rock-Star HR Department

Having an effective HR team can convince a leader that their most important work – creating an environment where people can thrive – is someone else’s responsibility. Ultimately though, great leadership matters. Cultivating these four leadership habits will ensure a team thrives.

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Moral Courage: What is Our Leadership Responsibility?

Moral courage is the required leadership ingredient and responsibility to empower good leaders and prevent bad leaders. Emboldening moral courage is the challenge.

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The Secret Ingredient to Adaptability

Scott Savage uncovered the secret ingredient to adaptability in his research into forgiveness. As leaders, when we are able to move past others’ mistakes we enable a culture that values improvement and innovation.

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CEOs as Activists and Five Signs You Are Leaning Toward Activism

CEOs as activists are more common today, and some business leaders may begin to feel the urge to join the shift. Five signs arise that say you may be leaning toward activism.

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Bouncing Back: How Resilient Leaders Respond to Failure

Many leaders suffer from illusory superiority, meaning they are absolutely delusional about their own performance. However, failure is inevitable. Author Jeffrey A. Kottler shares the art of bouncing back when it happens.

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