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Keep Doing What You’re Doing, Ben! Leadership Skills in Action

Time for a heartfelt success story from when my father (Ben) managed a large unionized organization out of a tough situation. This one seems to always choke me up. I hope you find it inspiring and an example to follow. As you can tell, the leadership skills you apply can have a great impact on the lives of others while increasing the performance of your organization. If you found this video inspiring, please share it. And if you haven’t done

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How to Use Your Leadership Skills to Build Trust in the Workplace

The thing about trust is that it is totally under your control, as the boss. You have the power to cultivate it and ensure its existence and you have the power to create an environment of distrust. To say a team or organization can’t run without it, is an understatement. How do you develop trust in the workplace?

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger

We have now seen how gathering data or listening depends on gaining answers to carefully designed questions. Since questions are naturally threatening to people, they can cause defensiveness as well as anxiety. Just being in the presence of a boss increases our anxiety and the higher the boss the greater the anxiety — unless the person is a strong and independent, “non-follower.”

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Ben Simonton

Ben Simonton Managed diverse groups for 34+ years, including as an executive in charge of a 1,300 person unionized organization. He made all the managing mistakes one can make, then devised solutions for 99.9% of people management issues. His mission is to take you beyond great to exceptional.