Leadership

If You Want to Make an Impact, Always Step Up

If You Want to Make an Impact, Always Step Up

Posted by  | Leadership

I recently had the pleasure of attending a local United Way of Central Maryland event where Carolyn Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security, spoke about leadership. At age 74, Colvin is an inspiration, an authentic voice tempered by years of hard work, courage and wisdom. She shared how she started her career as a(...)

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Do You Inspire Yourself? Is that Even a Good Thing?

Do You Inspire Yourself? Is that Even a Good Thing?

Posted by  | Leadership

There can be a fine line between self-absorption and self-belief. And powerful people naturally tend to tread it. I was recently reminded of this after reading a study showing that powerful people report being more inspired by themselves than others. We can chalk this up to a number of positive attributes of successful people—such as(...)

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Tapping Innovative Solutions and Technology

Tapping Innovative Solutions and Technology

Posted by  | Leadership, Values

I recently read a New York Times blog post about how mobile technologies and cloud-based computing are changing the way companies in nearly every industry do business. The writer pointed out that tech firms are adapting, both in how they package and market their offerings and by creating new products to suit corporations’ evolving needs.(...)

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Nurturing Open Discussion

Nurturing Open Discussion

Posted by  | Employee Engagement, Leadership

Fostering an open environment where people feel free to express their perspectives is one of the most important things that you can do as a leader. While it’s common for people to have different ideas on how to arrive at a shared goal, many often do not feel comfortable sharing their thoughts in meetings or(...)

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Own the Organization

Own the Organization

Posted by  | Employee Engagement, Leadership

Leaders often talk about instilling a “sense of ownership” in the people they lead—a pride and stewardship of work that transcends the rote completion of projects. It makes sense. When you own a home, for example, things matter differently than when you’re renting. Is the heat that’s trapped in the roof going to one day(...)

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