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Find Your Pep Talk

Find Your Pep Talk

I think at one point or another we’ve all had those moments, those days when nothing seems to go quite the way expected.  We get down on different things:  ourselves, the customers, the lack of customers, the “not enough time”, or even too much work.  When these...

Overcoming Procrastination

Overcoming Procrastination

Self-awareness is important in life, but one of the hardest things I find to admit about myself is that I procrastinate.  It feels so negative.  But, if I’m being honest with myself (and through this blog also honest with you) then I am here to profess, “I...

Motivation for Growth

Motivation for Growth

Motivation is something that most everyone agrees is important and yet it is usually one of the least understood aspects of leadership.  You should be using motivation to grow individuals, teams and ultimately organizations.  If you are chasing excellence, like we...

From Friendship to Leadership

From Friendship to Leadership

It’s bound to happen. How couldn’t it?  You spend up to 8 hours a day at work with other people.  You’re bound to make friendships.  Some of these workplace friendships are just that – only in the workplace, but some friendships extend beyond the borders of the...

There’s No “I” In Team

There’s No “I” In Team

If you think there's no "I" in team, you've never built a great team.  There’s a myth that’s been circulating around for a long enough time that it has become a leadership cliché.  That cliché is “there’s no I in team".  We at LIA believe that if you're really...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

It really doesn’t matter how old you are, you’ve heard this famous cliché:  actions speak louder than words.  I can confidently say I’ve heard it several million times to this point in my lifetime.  I hope that in life and in leadership this cliché touches you deep...

YOU

YOU

Every day you face the greatest force on the face of this earth (seriously).  It is the judgement of others, those all-knowing, all-seeing others who know better than anyone else, even you, what is best for you and how you should be.  We put on masks for these others,...

Time for Reflection

Time for Reflection

For anyone who questions the effects leadership has on the team, the organization, and the people your organization serves let me assure you, leadership plays a tremendous part in delivering a quality product.  We believe it is the most critical piece of the puzzle. ...

Employee Silence

Employee Silence

Silence is the best reply to a fool – Imam Ali (AS) Ouch.  That kind of hurts.  And yet, it’s not untrue.  How many times have you found yourself not engaging, not responding because the risk wasn’t worth the reward?  How many times do you estimate your employees do...

Instrospection

Instrospection

I found my first ear hair the other day.  YIKES!  There are certain measuring sticks in life and this is one of those that let you know that you are at least aging if not already old.  So after the shock had subsided and the tears had dried, I spent not a small amount...

Employee Retention & Recognition

Employee Retention & Recognition

We’ve talked about Employee Turnover and Why Employees Leave, so let’s shift our focus to Employee Retention and some of the things we can do to make sure the people we hire and train become productive members of the team, add value to the organization, serve the...

The Hiring Process

The Hiring Process

I have heard from both sides of the aisle in the hiring process and both sides have valid complaints.  From the hiring side of it, the biggest complaint seems to be that they didn’t get the person they thought they were hiring and were now stuck with a disappointing...

Why Employees Leave

Why Employees Leave

"In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way." Last month we talked about Employee Turnover and the high costs associated with it.  If you did your homework you have an idea now of what employee turnover is costing...

Employee Turnover

Employee Turnover

One focus of Human Resources Departments, Owners of Organizations and Departments Heads is employee turnover.  When there is employee turnover, the people leading that organization need to identify why employees are leaving because there is a high cost to employee...

Creativity Through Leadership

Creativity Through Leadership

Creativity in the workplace is either encouraged or suppressed by the culture of that workplace.  Culture in the workplace is how things are done on a day to day basis.  Leadership controls that.  So if your culture is to come to work on time, keep your head down,...

What Do You Really Want?

What Do You Really Want?

Most people have at least one friend that will pour out their woes, tell you how bad things are and then ask for your advice.  You, being the great friend you are, give world class solutions that would immediately set the world right, and your friend takes absolutely...

A Glimpse of Gen Z

A Glimpse of Gen Z

It seems when the topic of generations comes up in our leadership classes it all revolves around Gen Y (or Millennials).  That age group that is among the youngest in the workforce and seems to be the most challenging for Baby Boomers and Gen X’s to understand.  I...

Being Fair in the Workplace

Being Fair in the Workplace

Life isn’t fair. That cliché is one of my least favorites.  And also my topic for this month.  Because, in reality, in both our personal and professional lives, life isn’t fair.  Ugh.  Again.  Just to see it typed makes me cringe. I’m sure it’s because while it may be...