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7 Ways To Tell If You Need a Strategic Plan

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Practical Tips & Tricks

How Do Leaders Find Time To Do What's Important?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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In this video, Don Soderquist, retired COO of Walmart, shares how he managed his time as a leader of one of the world's largest companies, and reiterates how key it is for leaders to spend their time on what really matters: their people.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development

The Secret to Winning Your Follower's Commitment

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Keep your promises.

I would suggest it is that simple.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development

3 Secrets From A New Leader

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 14, 2015 4:48:00 PM

 

I’m convinced that, more often than not, first-time managers actually diminish output and productivity. First-time managers impact work environments in ways that make people less innovative, less open.

Looking back on my first 90 days as a manager, I want to share three performance secrets that enabled me to accomplish exactly that:

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development

This Should Be In Every Leader's Job Description

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 9, 2015 10:53:00 AM

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Pause a moment and think about this question: Who am I currently mentoring?

If your answer is no one, then I’m guessing it’s because of one of these reasons (or excuses):

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development

What is Your Business?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 30, 2015 10:57:00 AM

 


Watch as retired CEO of ServiceMASTER, Bill Pollard, recalls the time Peter Drucker told his entire board they were all wrong about their business.  

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Relationships, Employee Development, Creating Culture

4 Conversations Leaders Must Have

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 6, 2015 12:33:00 PM

Leadership is all about improving the process in order to produce better results, and leadership shows up most in conversation. Here are four conversations to have with your team in order to improve leadership, influence behavior of team members and increase productivity.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development, Personal Development

How to Be BOSS: A Follower's Perspective

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 13, 2015 4:29:00 PM

It’s no secret that employee engagement is key to a business’ success and that management plays an integral role in an employee’s engagement. In fact, according to a recent study, 80% of employees that were dissatisfied with their supervisor were disengaged.

I’ve never been a supervisor. In fact, I have more experience being managed than managing others. And reading that study about employee engagement made me think about the difference a great boss makes. I’ve hated great paying jobs and loved jobs I did for almost nothing. The management had everything to do with it.

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Topics: Relationships, Personal Development, Creating Culture

The Four Corners of Candor

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 17, 2015 7:50:00 AM

Tone at the top. Candor starts with the organizational leader, be it the CEO, division president, department manager or shift supervisor. How candid is this leader with the people over which he or she has positional authority? Candor and its cousins (transparency, trust, etc.) must be effectively modeled to give people a reason to believe they can also be candid. Better yet, that it is to be expected. This includes being candid and allowing others to be candid in return.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Creating Culture

Feeback: The Real Treasure

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

I have heard that feedback is a gift. And, I have finally come to believe it wholeheartedly.

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Topics: Relationships, Employee Development