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Creative Genius—TODAY?

It’s not often that an article about genius starts with a reference to William Shatner’s iconic Star Trek sci-fi character, James T. Kirk. In the 1968 TV show, Kirk is discussing one of the greatest minds of his century when he says, “A genius doesn’t work on an assembly line basis. Did Einstein…produce new and revolutionary theories on a regular schedule? You can’t simply say, ‘Today I will be brilliant.’ ” I would contend that ...

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Is Fear the Only Reason Employees Don’t Speak Up?

Usually when an article is titled with a yes/no question and uses the word “only,” the answer is “no,” so you can see where this is going. In a quick post at his blog, Mark Graban asks this question and the answer may (not) surprise you. No, fear is not the only reason why employees do not speak up at work. In fact, statistically it seems a sense of futility is the culprit more than ...

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Speaking Up: What Encourages and Discourages It

There are hills and valleys to communication. Sometimes it is utterly natural; sometimes it is agonizing. International business speaker Mike Kerr shares examples of both in a post at his blog. First, here are some barriers that inhibit speaking up: Utter lack of trust or no infrastructure for ensuring ideas are sent up the leadership chain Lack of encouragement to speak up, accidentally implying that others’ voices are not valued Overly critical managers or fear ...

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How to Get Over a Fear of Speaking Up

When you are new, or when you are just meek, speaking up at work can feel like a risky proposition. But as Jon Simmons explains in an article for Monster, this fear is both natural and probably unfounded. In fact, not speaking up may be more dangerous. Research suggests not speaking up is the first step toward absenteeism, productivity loss, and eventually job turnover. You kind of marginalize yourself out of existence in a negative ...

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No More Frustration: Speak Up at Work

Sometimes, you work for someone who is just a straight-up dingus, or, worse, a standard jerk. In an article for the Muse, Lea McLeod relates how to speak up in these times of adversity. It beats sucker punching your boss in the parking lot. When you are regularly dealing with a boss who behaves erratically or even contemptuously, the behavior is never going to get better on its own. You must advocate for yourself if ...

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How to Speak Up about Ethical Issues at Work

Not everyone is a saint. You might have to work with a few devils from time to time, but what should you do when you have actually witnessed dishonest behavior? Amy Gallo offers advice at Harvard Business Review. The Light Side and the Dark Side Firstly, be weary of rationalizing what you think you saw. If you try to decide that it is “not a big deal” or “it’s someone else’s responsibility to take care ...

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Three Reasons Why Introverts Don’t Speak Up (and How to Speak Up Anyway)

Outspoken people do not see what the big deal is about speaking up in a meeting. Quiet people do not see how speaking up could be anything but a big deal. In an article for Fast Company, Robert Chen discusses what silent souls can do to motivate themselves to speak up. Open Your Yap There are three major reasons why you may not speak up. The first is that you want to be respectful of ...

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5 Leadership Keys to Inspire Top Performance

In a post at his website, leadership guru Brian Tracy shares a few quick tips for the leadership traits that earn the best results. Here is how they work out: Accept complete responsibility for your staff—your circus, your monkeys. Grant employees the same patience and understanding that you would the young people in your own family. Practice time, care, and respect with your employees. Practice servant leadership, catering to employee needs as they cater to ...

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5 Different Types of Leadership Styles

Have you heard about enough leadership styles by now? No, you need to hear five more. In an article for Chron, Rose Johnson discusses these styles that might reflect in you how operate. In brief: Laissez-faire leaders go with the flow, not offering feedback or guidance on a regular basis, and thus may not be especially effective either. Autocratic leaders reserve total power and make decisions without input from others, which is not going to ...

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Four American Leadership Styles

Pragmatist, idealist, steward, or diplomat—these are the options. In an article for Forbes, Mark Murphy discusses these leadership styles and the strengths of each. To begin, the pragmatists are fixated with hitting goals and set high standards for themselves and others. Under pragmatists, employees might experience terrific personal growth—or total burnout. Murphy finds pragmatists account for only 8-12 percent of American leaders. Idealists are charismatic optimists who believe in their employees’ individual creativity. As a ...

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