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  • Leading Powerfully Through Positivity
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - August 27, 2018
    Negativity and discord have reached historic levels in our culture. Most aspects of our lives are widely affected by worsening attitudes, constant complaints and pessimistic mindsets. Like a virus, they spread easily, even when unwarranted. Negativity impacts families, communities, institutions and workplaces. Leaders see the results firsthand, regardless of whether they recognize the causes. Turnover rises, projects fail t...
  • The Risks of Working for a People Pleasing Leader
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - August 9, 2018
    Working for someone who is a people-pleaser may seem fairly innocuous or even desirable, but such leaders pose daunting challenges for their organizations. If you work for a people-pleaser, you most likely see the inherent problems and confess to seeking ways to maneuver around them. People-pleasing leaders have some beneficial traits, but their behaviors can threaten survival in today’s highly competitive and r...
  • Establish a Culture of Trust
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May 15, 2018
    Countless management books, seminars and programs offer insights into how leaders can develop trust within their organizations. Their consistent theme—“It begins with you”—is certainly valid, as leaders must model trust and set an example for their people. Success depends on a personal campaign of inner reflection, values assessment and relational intelligence. Training can be effective and rewarding, b...
  • Employee Engagement: Your Secret Weapon
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - March 8, 2018
    Surveys and studies indicate global job dissatisfaction is at a two-decade high. Disengaged employees account for nearly 70 percent of the workforce, which significantly affects the bottom line, according to data from Towers Watson. They cause corporate income, earnings and profits to suffer to the tune of $500 billion each year. Comparative surveys also indicate that leaders believe engagement is higher than it actually is...
  • The Traps of Consensus-Style Leadership
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - March 1, 2018
    Most employees favor consensus-run organizations, where a leader uses inclusion and feedback to manage democratically. A consensus-style leader is a refreshing alternative to the tyrant who issues stern orders. But democracy, taken to an extreme, creates numerous frustrations for direct reports. Leaders who advocate for consensus want everyone to feel valued and happy. These apparent benefits may be dwarfed by their inheren...
  • Are You a Manager or a Leader?
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - December 20, 2017
    Administrators have the greatest impact on employees’ careers and well-being, as work remains a significant aspect of people’s lives. Administrators determine whether employees enjoy or detest what they do. They’re also responsible for the organization’s prosperity. A flood of content cites two broad administrative categories: manager and leader. Is there a distinction, or are the terms one and the s...
  • Compulsive Leaders Pose Unique Challenges
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - December 12, 2017
    Most corporate cultures place a high value on accomplishment and productivity, which explains why so many compulsive, driven leaders rise to executive positions. While compulsive leaders can claim credit for myriad workplace advancements, their obsession with tasks and goals contributes to employee dissatisfaction and disengagement. If you report to a compulsive leader, you likely experience mixed feelings over completin...
  • The Paradox of Leadership Give and Take
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - October 31, 2017
    Western leaders have been conditioned for generations to believe that the way to advance is to claim as much as possible, to take more than you give. Many leaders make personal gain the objective of business life, and almost any means to achieve it is fair game. Hard work, perseverance, passion, and talent are valuable, of course. However, in the human dynamics of business, taking what you can, even if it’s from othe...
  • Overcoming Adversity: 3 Steps Great Leaders Take
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - October 19, 2017
    How a leader responds to adversity reveals how effective that leader is. Reactions to setbacks or crises not only test leadership character, but define it. Some difficulties are devastating, and unfortunately, they are compounded by leadership responses. There’s no real training for adversity on the leadership ladder, except experience. A leader who doesn’t effectively deal with a trial will succumb to it. The...
  • Leading Beyond Your Authority
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - October 12, 2017
    In today’s complex and dotted-line organizational culture, your job frequently requires buy-in from people outside your direct authority. Influencing people who report to someone else can prove daunting—and an even greater challenge if you confuse the principles of leadership and authority. (They’re not the same.) Contrary to what you may have learned in leadership training, you can effectively guide peopl...