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Give Everyone an "A"

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Leadership 
The book, The Art Of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, talks about a concept called "giving an A" which suggests that we simply choose the perspective of seeing everyone, including ourselves as having great potential.

People rise (or fall) to our level of expectation.  Imagine what would happen if you gave an A to anyone and everyone--your spouse, children, employer, co-workers--even strangers.

It is easy to fall into the hab...
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Be The Bridge

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Saturday, January 21, 2012, In : Leadership 
Managers are the key to successful organizations.  Becoming a great manager and leader is a process.  Steven Covey talks about the Whole-Person Paradigm in Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results.  He states that great leaders see people as whole--body, heart, mind and spirit--and work to unleash their full creative potential.

Employees are the most critical asset a company has.  A manager is the conduit between the individual employee, their goals and desires and the goals of th...
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3 Secrets of Impactful Leadership

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Leadership 
As you are leading and impacting others, are you getting the results you want?  If yes, do you know what you are doing to get those results so you can keep getting them again and again?  And if no, do you know what you are doing that is disempowering others, so that you can change your approach to achieve your desired results and empower others in the process?

So, what does it take to be an impactful leader?  Being a leader is not about your title, the power of your position or how many follow...
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A Hand Forward...A Hand Back

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Leadership 
As a leader, you will acquire a lot of knowledge and experience--even wisdom--along the way.  One of the most important parts of your job is passing it on to the next generation of leaders.  This is how you expand the capabilities of everyone else in your organization, individually and collectively.

Tim Sanders calls this being a "lovecat".  According to Sanders in his book, Love Is The Killer App, "...a lovecat gives away their intangibles to promote growth of everybody they do business with....
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Burning Out Or Getting Wise?

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : Career 

I recently read an article on Forbes.com entitled “Millennial Women Are Burning Out At Work By 30…And It’s Great For Business”.  The article suggested that this younger generation is getting frustrated with their corporate careers and striking out into entrepreneurship in search of independence, fulfillment and control. 

Realizing at an early stage in your career what is important to you and having the courage ...


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9 Critical Mistakes Leaders Make - Part 3 of 3

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Leadership 

Here are the last 3 mistakes that leaders make.  Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 if you happened to miss them.  Again, take time to reflect back on your leadership style.  Have you been guilty of any of these 9 mistakes?

7.  Acting as if you have all the answers

Just because you have the title of “Boss” doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers.  As a matter of fact, managers who insist on making all the de...


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The Impact of Assumptions on Leadership

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Leadership 
We all make assumptions.  We naturally fill in gaps in what we think and perceive so that we can make sense out of our world and our experiences.

Sometimes the assumptions we make are accurate; sometimes they are not.  And the reality is, assumptions are powerful.  They can build bridges or destroy them.  They can make peace or start a war.

As a leader, you have an obligation to notice the assumptions you make, both good and bad, and verify them for accuracy, especially if they are negative and...
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Take Charge, No One Else Will

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Career 

Have you thought about what 2012 will look like for you?  Do you have a plan to take your worklife to the next level?  Or are you going to continue to sit back and see what comes your way?

It is so easy to keep doing what you have been doing and expect to get different results.  But it doesn’t work that way.  Gone are the days when you can simply keep your head down, do a good job and get the recognition you desire.  ...


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Empower Your Team Members to be Their Best

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Teams 
Are you ready to have a more positive impact on those you lead?  Would you like to be the one who empowers others to be their best?  When good leaders are effectively empowering their team, their lives are easier and their team is happier.  When teams are empowered, leaders don't spend nearly as much time checking up, putting out fires, or lighting fires under people who are not motivated.  When people feel empowered, they will be at their best and get their best results.  When your team is r...
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