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Values vs. Goals

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 25, 2016 12:28:07 PM

I am reading The Confidence Gap by Harris. In it he puts forth the need to distinguish goals from values.  Goals are things to be completed.  Values are what we hold most important in life and are what give us direction.

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Topics: Leadership, Values

Excuse me, your values are showing.

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

 

Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you, but I felt it was important you know that everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - can see your values.

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Topics: Leadership, Values

People Follow a Leader with Clarity

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 17, 2016 3:30:00 PM

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At Soderquist Leadership we believe that having a clear and compelling vision is essential to the success of an organization. It allows you to get where you want to go.

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Topics: Tips, Vision, clarity

We're asking for the wrong kind of leaders.

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM


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Leadership is a word that gets tossed around in many different circles. It means a lot to us, yet few of us can actually define leadership in any sort of meaningful way. But sometimes what we look for in and how we measure our leaders is not what we truly want - or need.

Leaders attract and inspire us in a number of ways, and one of the most misunderstood of those is charisma.

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Topics: Leadership

Thanks, Mom: 4 Leadership Lessons from the Women Who Loved Us First

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 6, 2016 12:44:49 PM



You rarely find "Mom" as a job title on a resume, but when it comes to leadership development, moms and managers have more in common than you might think. Often, mom is wearing the hats of chief logistics coordinator, events director, lead chef, and financial analyst. It's a full time job, not to mention the additional demands of her responsibilities outside the home.

Yet somehow, in the midst of the craziness of life, Moms find time for leadership development.

It is Mom who gets tasked with the first steps of growing great humans, teaching us lessons in endurance, hardwork, humilty, and compassion.

Here are a few key leadership lessons from Mom we will never forget.

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Topics: Women in Leadership, Women, Leadership

Diverse Just Like Me

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 4, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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Have you ever heard a senior executive say that they were looking for diversity in their organization as long as it looks, sounds and thinks like them.  Well, you’ve likely not heard them verbalize such a claim but actions speak louder than words.  The ethnic, racial and gender aspects of this have been decried and rightfully so.  

What has received less attention is the oft lack of diversity in thought and style.  Just as destructive but perhaps less observable on the surface.

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Topics: Leadership, diversity

Managing Your Most Valuable Commodity: Time

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM


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Time's limitation makes it a valuable commodity for today's working professionals. We consistently hear from leaders that they struggle with time management. This is something we all experience and deal with on a daily basis, so here are some helpful tips to help you manage this area of your life so you can focus on the important stuff.

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Topics: Leadership, Purpose

Making the Leap: From Contributor to Manager

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM


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Think about great bosses you have had and make a list of reasons why they were a great boss. Now, think of bad bosses you have had and, similarly, make a list of reasons why they were a bad boss. As you look at each of these lists, how many of the descriptive words have anything to do with IQ, technical competency, or skill? My guess: zero.

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Want to Engage Your Reports?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM


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Set them free.  Give them the rope to tackle projects and initiatives without your constant intervention and management.  The reasons to do this are numerous but engagement has to be right there at the top.  So how do we go about this?

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Topics: Leadership, Purpose

KC Royals: Building a Winning Team

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 12, 2016 3:30:00 PM


Spring is in the air, which means one thing. Baseball season is upon us. In the interview below, Kansas City Royals Owner, David Glass, discusses the killer combination of patience and strategy associated with building winning teams. These principles are applicable to both sports and business.

David Glass and his General Manager had the vision to believe the long-term commitment associated with turning the KC Royals Organization around would be worth the investment. Turns out they were right. 

Watch the full interview below. 

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Topics: Leadership, David Glass

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