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Five Ways to Improve Leadership Through Influence

Five Ways to Improve Leadership by InfluenceWhich creates more effective leadership: Control or influence? As leaders in the print industry we can control our team for a while by using fear, threatening their jobs, continually beating them up, etc.

However, this will only work for just so long. You will win their minds but not their hearts. To win their hearts we must find ways to influence them to go in the direction you want them to go.

Influence wins minds and hearts whereas control just wins the mind, and only temporarily.

Here are five ways you can improve your leadership by influencing people: Read more

How to Debrief to Learn and Make Progress

debriefDo you take the time to debrief regularly? If we do then we can not only learn from situations in our lives but we can make more progress toward our goals.

To debrief means to take the time to think about a situation and ask yourself what happened, what went well, and what could have been done better.

Debriefing is important in business as well as in our personal lives. It helps us become the best we can be, not only for ourselves but for those around us – whether family, friends, co-workers or customers.

People that achieve their goals reach them in part because they take the time to thoughtfully consider and reflect on important situations. Here is a process that can be used to debrief from any situation.

These steps can be used to debrief from an interaction with another person, a meeting with a group of people, determine how a process worked, such as a planning process to reach your goals, or any number of other situations. Read more

Delegation: The Tool for Super Growth

DelegationDo you struggle with delegating work to others? Most of us do and I have as well.

What I have learned through delegation is that this is the tool for generating super growth in your business and in your life.

When I have delegated tasks to others, whether professionally or personally, our company and myself personally have grown as a result. When I have not, then growth was stifled.

It is easy to think we are delegating enough but it is important to really examine it.

Here are four reasons for, and benefits of, a serious self-examination of whether we are delegating enough. Read more

Four Things Highly Persuasive People Do

persuasive peopleAs a business leader, mastering the art of persuasion is a valuable skill. Whether in the boardroom, a sales presentation, or a company-wide staff meeting, winning over an audience is a feeling of accomplishment.

In a recent Inc.com post, Sims Wyeth, author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, identifies four principles employed by persuasive people to win over their audiences. Read more

Three Ways Great Leaders Handle Adversity

adversityWhen things are at their worst and it seems there isn’t a clear end in sight, the way you handle that challenge can reflect the strength of your leadership — or show its weaknesses.

In a recent Forbes post, serial entrepreneur and contributor Mike Maddock shares three techniques used by his own mentors when they are faced with a problem or circumstance that seems impossible to resolve. 

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